Echuca Hospital goes solar


Echuca hospital has gone green after a new solar energy system worth $490,000 was installed on the premises.

The system will significantly reduce energy costs for the hospital and is capable of delivering 200kW of energy on a sunny day. It will also still work on cool and overcast days.
The new system will power a 500kW chiller, which is capable of cooling a 7000sqm area.
Construction of the system began in October with most of the components built by Echuca Regional Health engineering staff and Gribben Stockyards and Rivafab.
Echuca Regional Health (ERH) regional engineering services manager Mark Hooper said the system was the largest of its kind in Australia.
Its the largest single-effect solar thermal system currently in the country, Mr Hooper said.
It allows significant reductions in electricity and gas use and its a really good project which boasts huge benefits.
Mr Hooper said the system was built as a demonstration project to illustrate the benefits of solar energy.
Mr Hooper will be presenting a paper on the project at the Australian Solar Cooler Interest Group conference in Canberra this month.
The project was funded by Sustainability Victoria.

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