Build Health

Project Introduction

BHI installed a 780-panel photovoltaic (PV) solar system to power the existing St. Boniface Hospital (SBH), enabling the team to better serve their patients by establishing a reliable source of clean energy that reduces fuel costs and minimizes the risk associated with diesel generators. SBH is located 10 miles from the nearest electrical grid, and as a result, access to a secure energy source is a critical component to the Hospital’s ability to deliver sustainable and reliable health care.

  • Average Daily Production
    800 kWh
  • Timeline
    July 2016 - August 2017
  • Operation Partners
    SBHF
Plan
& Design
Build
& Equip
Operate
& Maintain
Build Health

About This Project

BHI installed a 780-panel photovoltaic (PV) solar system to power the existing St. Boniface Hospital (SBH), enabling the team to better serve their patients by establishing a reliable source of clean energy that reduces fuel costs and minimizes the risk associated with diesel generators. SBH is located 10 miles from the nearest electrical grid, and as a result, access to a secure energy source is a critical component to the Hospital’s ability to deliver sustainable and reliable health care. As SBH experiences record growth in patient numbers and as its range of services expands, this investment in a PV system is a strategic move that will improve the sustainability and efficacy of the Hospital.

Over the course of this project, BHI accomplished its goal of installing a PV solar system at St. Boniface Hospital, which switched to solar power on August 13. BHI installed a total of 780 panels. BHI has achieved the following goals: By powering half of St. Boniface Hospital through solar power, SBHF has increased its resiliency in the face of natural disasters, interruptions in fuel supply, and other unforeseen events. Plans are underway to install additional solar panels on SBHF’s newly constructed supply warehouse. This project marked a significant step forward in energy independence and will allow SBHF to continue to serve the most vulnerable. As the Hospital grows, so does its energy consumption. The soon-to-be-opened (IDC) will be connected to the PV system, along with the Surgical Center, upon its completion later this fall. The increase in energy use at St. Boniface Hospital can be largely attributed to the significant number of operations performed in the Surgical Center, which has three full operating suites and sees roughly 270 patients each month. Both buildings will provide energy intensive services and will require a significant amount of power. The PV system alleviates some of the burden these services place on the hospital. While the goals of this project have not changed, we hope to add additional panels to the system to produce more solar energy at SBH.

Project Information

Major Funding Partners

  • General Electric