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Banner Health Adds A Solar Installation At Its Mesa Corporate Center

Banner Health has announced the completion of a $2.5 million solar installation at its Mesa Corporate Center, located at 525 West Brown Road in Mesa. The system was designed, had financing secured and was constructed by Natural Power and Energy.

At 598.8 kilowatts, the project is one of the largest in the Phoenix metropolitan area and is estimated to provide a savings of up to $40,000 over existing energy costs. The project consists of rooftop parking structures covering approximately 46,627 square feet and provides shade and protection to 260 vehicles. The electricity produced equates to about 30 percent of what is used on the Banner Health campus in winter months.

The Banner Health Corporate Center-Mesa is itself a reuse project. In partnership with the local community, the 254,000-square-foot, nine-story building that was Banner Mesa Medical Center was repurposed by Banner Health in 2009. It now houses nearly 1,500 employees, several non-clinical departments and the largest medical/surgical simulation center in the country.

“Banner Health takes community responsibility seriously and sustainability efforts that redirect resources toward critical patient care initiatives are a top priority – even within the conservation efforts we use to manage our own facilities,” said Kip Edwards, vice president of development and construction for Banner Health. “Banner chose Natural Power and Energy given their strong reputation in the solar energy marketplace. Their ability to develop cost effective solutions was central to our decision.”

“We commend Banner Health for its commitment to the environment,” said Lori Singleton, SRP Director of Program Operations. “We are proud to be a part of a project that utilizes clean, emission-free energy from the sun.”

Under SRP’s Sustainable Portfolio goals, SRP must secure sustainable and renewable resources to meet 20 percent of its retail load by the year 2020. Currently SRP’s sustainable portfolio, which consists of energy-conservation programs and renewable-energy sources, including solar, wind, landfill gas, geothermal and low-head hydro, is more than 9 percent.

“Harnessing natural sunlight to generate electricity is a vital way everyone can contribute to a sustainable future,” said Rob Dallal, CEO of Natural Power and Energy. “Banner’s commitment to sustainability in all the markets they serve is a powerful example of corporate stewardship in action.”

In 2011, Banner Health was named one of the Top Five Large Health Systems in the country based on clinical performance, according to Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. Banner Health was recognized for having superior survival rates, better long-term outcomes, better adherence to accepted care protocols and patient-safety standards, shorter hospital stays, higher patient-satisfaction scores and fewer patient complications.

Energy Efficiency

Green News Roundup – Energy Efficiency, Green Organizations & More

Welcome to our weekly green news roundup. This week we’ve gathered stories about energy efficiency auditing, promoting your company as a green organization and more.

Please feel free to send along any interesting stories you’d like to see in the roundup to kasia@azbigmedia.com. Also visit AZ Green Scene for informative articles about sustainability efforts in the Valley and state.

REEis Provides Independence From High Energy Costs
REEis, a local Valley company that specializes in energy efficiency auditing and contracting is hosting an Independence Day promotion in hopes to get more efficient homes on our streets. Utilizing low cost, energy efficient improvements to our homes and commercial buildings can greatly reduce energy consumption and our dependence on oil and foreign energy sources. “America’s Energy Independence Day Promotion” will be offered for one week starting June 26. REEis is also offering Arizona homeowners a $29 comprehensive energy audit if booked by July 4th. If interested please call (480) 969-7500 or visit the company’s website at: reeishome.com

Is it Energy’s Turn Now?
The New York Times Green Blog looks at the possibility of energy and climate change legislation being in the works for the government. As the financial regulation nears completion, some Democrats are hopeful that this next challenge can be met before Congress leaves town in August.

June Education Forum: Green Marketing
The Phoenix Green Chamber of Commerce is hosting their monthly education forum at Rio Salado College on Monday, June 28th at 5:30 p.m. The topic for this month’s forum is exploring best practices for promoting your company as a green organization. Learn about effective strategies to maximize your green marketing efforts and minimize impact on the environment. RSVP to the event here. For full details visit: www.arizonagreenchamber.org/Phoenix/

First U.S. offshore wind energy project faces lawsuit
Environmental groups plan to file suit in federal court against the Obama administration regarding the Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound. The groups accuse the administration of violating the Endangered Species Act with the approval of the project. The suit states that the project, which calls for a set of 130 wind turbine generators to be installed on Nantucket Sound, would fail to protect endangered birds and whales. Yikes, don’t know how this will pan out but I hope the Obama administration finds a way to work this out amicably.