$3.3 million energy efficiency boost for Canberra Hospital

Released 16/08/2015

The ACT Government will spend up to $3.3 million to increase energy efficiency at its largest energy consumption site, Canberra Hospital, Minister for Health and Minister for the Environment Simon Corbell announced today.

The funds were allocated through the Carbon Neutral ACT Government Fund, which is designed to help ACT Government agencies improve their energy efficiency by installing technology that uses energy more wisely. Projects make ongoing energy and cost savings, which are used to repay the upfront loan.

“The Canberra Hospital delivers a critical 24 hour service to our community and is the ACT Government’s largest user of energy, with 25% of the government’s electricity use at that site alone,” Mr Corbell said.

“Recognising the need to lower the carbon footprint of the ACT public service, the government is providing $3.3 million as a loan to assist the hospital in becoming a more efficient user of electricity.

“Each energy efficiency initiative adopted by government facilities brings us closer to our goal of zero net emissions by 2020 as a government.

“Today’s announcement will see the hospital save a massive $490,000 a year in energy bills by 2017-18 and improve the government’s overall carbon footprint.

“In addition to lighting upgrades and other energy efficiency measures, the hospital will also install a 500kW solar photovoltaic system, reducing the hospital’s energy consumption by about 721,000kWh each year.”

Other projects completed under the Carbon Neutral ACT Government Fund include lighting upgrades in ACT public schools, heating system upgrades in community facilities, including libraries and community centres, and water heaters for swimming pools at two Canberra special schools.

For more information on what you can do at home or in your business to use energy more wisely and save on operating costs visit www.actsmart.act.gov.au

For more information on how the ACT Government is leading the community to become carbon neutral visit: www.environment.act.gov.au/cc/what-government-is-doing

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