Monday, January 28, 2019
BJC | The region's electric energy provider and the area's largest health care provider are partnering for the good of the region. Ameren Missouri and BJC HealthCare are teaming up on the first project under Ameren Missouri's Solar Partnership program: a solar energy generation facility on top of a BJC team member parking garage at 4456 Duncan Ave., on the east end of the Washington University Medical Campus.
Construction of the solar facility just began. Energy produced by the more than 4,500 solar panels, which cover the area equivalent of two football fields, will put energy onto the grid and benefit customers as early as this summer.
"This innovative program is the first of its kind in St. Louis, and it's a win for everyone,” says Michael Moehn, Ameren Missouri chairman and president. “Our customers win through more renewable energy on the grid. BJC HealthCare wins by turning unused space into something productive, and Ameren Missouri wins by expanding our commitment to clean, renewable energy."
”We are pleased to join Ameren Missouri in leading the way in the St. Louis community to launch this renewable energy program,” says Rich Liekweg, BJC president and CEO. “While BJC is known for innovation in health care, we also seek to partner with others in ways that promise improvements and progress for our region. We hope to be the first of many organizations to join Ameren Missouri's Solar Partnership program in creating renewable energy across the state.”
The BJC team member garage is a prime location for solar energy generation because it offers unobstructed exposure to the sky. In addition to generating 1.8 megawatts of energy, the structure supporting the solar panels will provide shade for the cars on the top level of the garage.
The Solar Partnership program is a collaborative partnership where BJC licenses its property to Ameren Missouri to install equipment to generate solar energy. Ameren Missouri will own and operate the facility.
Learn more about Ameren Missouri's clean energy efforts.
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1/28/2019 5:13 PM
This article makes me smile. I'm so glad BJC is looking to the future and helping to provide solar energy to the region.
So very proud to work for BJC because of this commitment.
1/30/2019 7:05 AM
1/31/2019 8:08 AM
Does the installation of solar panels provide renewable energy for the hospital only or the neighboring area as well?
1/31/2019 10:23 AM
Great question! According to Ameren, the panels will feed into the grid for the entire St. Louis area.
1/31/2019 2:59 PM
Will the people in the area that benefit from this see their electric bill decrease or is it just a clean way to make energy?
1/31/2019 3:02 PM
Tammy, Thanks for asking. Ameren will be answering this question and more when construction is closer to completion this summer. Stay tuned!
1/31/2019 1:11 PM
To put 1.8 megawatts into perspective, Google tells me that it will provide enough power for an average of 295 homes.
I hope BJC and Ameren are able to partner on further projects!
Not only making medicine better, but making the environment better as well. Great job!