Smart Energy Decisions | September 10, 2018
Kaiser Permanente announced on September 10 that it will become the largest renewable energy purchaser in the U.S. healthcare sector with the signing of a PPA for 180 MW of clean energy. The purchase will also enable the company to achieve its goal of being carbon neutral in 2020.
According to a statement from the company, the PPA will provide enough energy to power 27 of its 39 hospitals through the construction of utility-scale solar and wind farms and one of the country’s largest battery-energy storage systems.
“Climate change is here. We are seeing the effects of it in devastating wildfires, hurricanes and droughts already impacting people’s lives,” said Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson. “At Kaiser Permanente, we understand that one of the most effective ways to protect the health of the more than 68 million people in the communities we serve is by ensuring healthy environmental conditions. By investing in renewable energy and becoming carbon neutral, Kaiser Permanente is helping to prevent climate-related illness for people worldwide.”
After setting several goals in 2016 to reduce the company’s climate impact, several milestones have been met to date, including a 29% reduction in net GHG emissions since 2008 while increasing membership by 36%; opening California’s first LEED Platinum hospital, the Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center, in April 2017, and hosting California’s first hospital-based renewable microgrid at the Kaiser Permanente Richmond Medical Center.