Overlook Uses $1 Million State Grant to Go Green
A tri-generation energy system backed by the New Jersey Clean Energy Program will increase energy efficiency, reduce cost and remove carbon dioxide emissions by 10,891 tons per year.
In June 2011 Overlook Medical Center goes green! There is no better time than now, in this extreme heat, to better our eco-friendly environment. In June 2011, the New Jersey Clean Energy Program awarded a $1 million grant to Overlook to begin its construction on a tri-generation energy system right on its campus.
This new installation will increase the energy efficiency, reduce cost and remove carbon dioxide emissions by 10,891 tons per year thereby reducing our carbon footprint.
After working with Medesco, LLC to control the wasteful energy produced by the boilers, Overlook’s tri-generation power plant is now functional. It aims to reduce the cost of replaced energy by more than 60 percent, creating air conditioning and dehumidification from chilled water and using alternative domestic hot water in the hospital. By enabling the hospital to operate independent of grid-supplied power in emergency situations, this system brings in an excessive electrical generating capability.
When the project was first announced in June 2011, Robert Peake, Director of Construction and Facilities Management, spoke highly of the environmental benefits of this tri-generation project: “Our emission reduction will be equal to removing the carbon that would be absorbed by 2,244 acres of forest.”
Rated in the top 17 percent for energy efficiency, Overlook Medical Center is proud to have had the opportunity to execute this beneficial project; not only for the environment, but for the hospital and community, as well.
By Overlook Medical Center