Geisinger awarded grant for Janet Weis Children’s Hospital solar energy system

DANVILLE – Geisinger Medical Center (GMC) has been awarded a $100,000 grant from West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund to fund the installation of the 38-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system on the roof of Janet Weis Children’s Hospital (JWCH).

According to Al Neuner, vice president, facility operations, GMC, solar panels will be erected on the JWCH roof by this fall.

“I think anytime we can generate electricity during our peak hours of usage – because we use a lot more during the day than we do at night – has merit to us as a health care provider,” Neuner said. “And beyond the efficiency aspect of solar energy, this new system is completely non-polluting energy, furthering our mission to reduce our facilities’ carbon footprint.

“This project also says a lot about of our commitment to our kids, which is why we’re doing this on the children’s hospital,” he continued. “It makes all the sense in the world that we’d make that kind of commitment.”

Last September, Geisinger Medical Center earned the EPA ENERGY STAR certification for 2013, which honors facilities that protect the earth’s climate through superior energy efficiency.