After revealing new sustainability goals last month, BHSH System is making progress through the use of solar energy.
BHSH System on Tuesday May 3 released details of a new partnership with CMS Energy to develop a 2.35 acre solar array in Grand Rapids.
The network will be adjacent to and help power the health system’s planned 80-bed subacute rehabilitation center on Leffingwell Avenue NE.
“The development of this solar panel reflects our intentional efforts to positively impact the communities we serve, not only through exceptional health care and coverage, but also to advance ecological sustainability,” said Tina Freese. Decker, President and CEO of BHSH. “Our collective health depends a lot on our environment, and as a health organization, our actions matter.”
The solar panels will produce approximately 660 megawatt hours of energy per year, which will be enough to cover 16% of the installation’s electrical needs.
CMS is seeking permits to further develop the matrix. The power supplier will also own and operate the power generation system on property owned by BHSH.
“CMS Energy and Spectrum Health share a commitment to Michigan’s clean energy transformation, and we are proud to work together to bring this project to life,” said Garrick Rochow, President and CEO of CMS Energy. “Their new solar panel builds on CMS Energy’s goal of supporting our customers’ success, serving our planet, and strengthening Michigan’s future.”
The solar panel should start working by the end of this year.