Kaiser Permanente Goes Solar

KaiserPermanente, which is the largest non-profit health maintenanceorganization (HMO) in the United States has taken it upon themselves todo something good for the environment. The health care giant hasannounced plans to install 15 MW of solar PV arrays on their buildingsthroughout California, saying “what’s good for the environment is goodfor our health.”

Hospitals, offices and other buildings will be set up with the solararrays by summer 2011. The company in charge of this undertaking issolar company Recurrent Energy. Recurrent Energy will own and operatethe systems with Kaiser agreeing to purchase the power over twentyyears. The solar energy generated by the installations will equal 10%of Kaiser’s energy usage at those facilities, getting them closer totheir goal of having 25% of their energy come from renewable sources by2020.