The Regional Health Solar Program is a $13.5 million Victorian Government initiative to install solar panels on hospital rooftops to help drive down energy costs and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
The program is estimated to reduce annual carbon emissions by more than 13,000 tonnes by generating two per cent of our state-wide hospital electricity consumption and up to 30 per cent of the electricity required by some regional hospitals.
The Regional Health Solar program will install around 9.1 megawatt-peak of solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays across 77 health facilities and generate more than 11 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy annually.
The program is being rolled out regionally to:
- Gippsland – 12 sites across seven health services
- Barwon South West – 21 sites across 12 health services
- Loddon Mallee – 12 sites across 11 health services
- Hume – 11 sites across 10 health services
- Grampians – 16 sites across eight health services
- Ambulance Victoria – 5 ambulance stations
An audit program will be implemented to ensure the solar panels installed meet specification requirements and deliver long-term value to our health services.