Sunnybrook innovates using solar power
TORONTO – Sunnybrook Health
Sciences Centre and Honeywell celebrated the completion of an innovative
solar photovoltaic installation during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the
Bayview Campus in Toronto. The new installation, part of a $28-million
facility renewal program that also includes a variety of
energy-efficient upgrades, will help the hospital cut energy costs and
reduce its environmental impact.
More than 140 solar panels, spanning two stories of a parking garage,
are expected to generate nearly 27,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity
annually - enough energy to power 150 medical ventilators.
The panels are mounted vertically on the wall of the structure, which is
located at the main entrance of the campus; so they will serve as a
visual reminder of the hospital’s conservation efforts, as well as
produce clean, renewable energy. In addition, a display near the parking
garage will educate visitors and staff on photovoltaic technology, and
provide real-time information on power generation and carbon emissions
Honeywell will also add a second solar array on the roof of the
hospital’s U-wing, which will be more than twice the size of the parking
garage installation. Combined, the two arrays will form the largest
solar power generation system at a healthcare facility in Canada.
“Today marks a major milestone on our path to becoming a greener and
more sustainable healthcare facility,” said Dr. Barry McLellan,
President and CEO, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. “This program with
Honeywell has allowed us to focus on our primary goal of delivering the
highest quality patient care possible, while demonstrating our
leadership in energy conservation and environmental stewardship.”
As part of the comprehensive facility renewal program, Honeywell will
• Replace chillers and cooling towers with more energy-efficient models
that use environmentally-friendly refrigerants.
• Install high-efficiency lighting systems and control strategies that
provide better illumination while using less energy.
• Upgrade and optimize ventilation, heating and cooling equipment.
• Upgrade building automation systems to improve energy management.
Sunnybrook will finance the work using the energy and operational
savings the improvements generate to pay for the project. Those savings,
approximately $2.7 million per year over the next 15 years, are
guaranteed by Honeywell under a performance contract with the hospital.
This ensures the upgrades will protect capital budgets and minimize
risk. In addition, Sunnybrook’s green initiatives make it eligible for
more than $1 million in various grants and federal funding that will be
applied to the program.
Along with reducing costs, the program will also have a significant
environmental impact, cutting annual greenhouse emissions by an
estimated 9,000 metric tons. According to Environment Canada, this is
equivalent to removing 1,400 cars from the road. Honeywell also will
recycle the equipment removed from the facility in an
The program has also given momentum to broader eco-focused initiatives
within the organization, including the annual “Earth Matters” showcase
designed to foster a better understanding of energy conservation across
the hospital and surrounding community, and drive further environmental
benefits and energy savings.
The event showcases project information, green-themed resources,
information on available rebates, and tips to help staff, patients and
visitors improve their environment at work, in the car and at home.
“Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is taking a proactive approach to
environmental responsibility and energy consumption,” said Luis
Rodrigues, Vice President of Energy Solutions for Honeywell Building
Solutions. “Through this energy retrofit and facility renewal program,
we are pleased to help the hospital become more energy efficient and
environmentally conscious for its patients, staff, visitors and the
greater Toronto community.”
Honeywell expects to complete all the facility upgrades by year’s end.
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is transforming healthcare for the 1
million patients the hospital cares for each year through the dedication
of its 10,000 staff and volunteers. An internationally recognized leader
in research and education and a full affiliation with the University of
Toronto distinguishes Sunnybrook as one of Canada’s premier academic
health sciences centres. Sunnybrook specializes in caring for Canada’s
war veterans, high-risk pregnancies, critically ill newborns, adults and
the elderly, and treating and preventing cancer, cardiovascular disease,
neurological disorders, orthopaedic and arthritic conditions and
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Posted Sept. 24/09