Kaiser Permanente is one of only four US organisations to receive a Leadership Award for onsite renewable power generation
The American healthcare group Kaiser Permanente has received a 2013 Green Power Leadership Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its onsite solar power generation and contribution to advancing and developing the US voluntary green power market. eH
The EPA presented the company with the award at the Renewable Energy Markets Conference in Austin, Texas, on September 23rd. Kaiser Permanente was one of only four organisations throughout the US to receive the award which recognises organisations using renewable energy technology such as solar PV. Through its multiple onsite solar energy systems across California, the company generates more than 17 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of power per year, enough power to meet 7 percent of the annual electricity demand at each site and 1 percent of the company’s national electricity demand as of 2012. The company has also supported the development of wind generated electricity by purchasing 42 million kWh of Green-e certified Renewable Energy Credits during 2012 avoiding an estimated 41,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
“Kaiser Permanente understands that the health of the environment is inextricably linked to human health and the overall health of communities” said Kaiser Permanente’s CEO, Bernard J. Tyson. “Our use of solar and other forms of renewable energy reduces harmful emissions and contributes to climate change solutions that improve public health. We are tremendously proud to be recognized for these efforts by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the foremost force for protecting human health and the environment in the country.”
The company installed 11MW of solar generation capacity at 11 of its California locations in 2011, a project that paved the way for further renewable energy deployment which is now helping the company to reduce its carbon emissions. The company expects to install an additional 2MW of solar capacity at its Moanalua Medical Center and eight other medical offices in Hawaii and Colorado. At present it occupies the No. 12 spot on the EPA Top 20 onsite generation list which is updated quarterly.