Mt Wilga Private Hospital embraces solar power for a healthier planet
Dec 01, 2022
Mt Wilga Private Hospital has unveiled a massive new solar panel system as part of the hospital’s commitment to reducing its environmental footprint.
The new 356 kilowatt (kW) system will span the majority of the roof space on the facility’s newer buildings and save more than 388 tonnes of carbon emission each year.
Mt Wilga Private Hospital CEO, Lorrie Mohsen, said she was proud the hospital was tackling climate change through meaningful sustainability initiatives.
“Ramsay Health Care has committed to achieving Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040, and this solar panel system is another practical step towards reaching that target,” Ms Mohsen said.
“Saving more than 6,800 tonnes of carbon emissions over its lifetime, this system is the equivalent of taking 176 new cars off the road.”
Ms Mohsen described the installation as “a dream come true” after beginning at Mt Wilga Private in 2008 as Health, Safety and Environment Manager.
“Installing solar panels is just the latest in a list of practical actions we’ve taken to protect the environment and create a more sustainable hospital for the future,” Ms Mohsen said.
“Our wonderful team of ‘green warriors’ have already upgraded our facility lighting to energy-efficient LED lighting and we’ve signed up to a range of recycling programs including batteries.
“Mt Wilga Private Hospital is also proudly supporting Ramsay Health Care’s goal to remove 50 million single-use plastic items from sites.
“We’ve completely eliminated the use of certain disposable plastic items, saving more than 350,000 single-use plastic items from circulation since March 2020.”
Ramsay Health Care’s sustainability strategy focuses on creating stronger communities, healthier people and a thriving planet.
Ramsay Health Care is committed to achieving Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040. Ramsay’s Net Zero strategies included switching to renewable energy sources and maximising energy efficiency, reducing anaesthetic gas emissions, cutting waste and boosting recycling, embedding sustainable design in new facilities and upgrades, as well as engaging with suppliers to reduce supply chain emissions.