Hospitals go green to save some green

Lindsay Kalter

August 10, 2015

Boston Herald

Local hospitals are turning to environmentally friendly measures like solar power and more efficient lighting to offset energy costs — which for health care facilities can be massive, energy authorities say.
 
Massachusetts General Hospital will install 1,700 solar panels in early September around its Charlestown facility that will generate 570,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually. That’s enough to power 50 homes for a year, according to Chris Longchamps, senior mechanical engineer at Mass. General.
 
“The real driving point is obviously that the cost of energy continues to go up,” Longchamps said. “There’s a lot of consumption there, but there’s also a lot of opportunity to cut costs.”