North Coast Health Center’s 265 kilowatt (kW) roof-top installation provides more than 452,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually to the facilit, enough to meet 75 percent of the facility’s common energy needs and save North Coast $3.5 million in energy costs over the life of the system.
North Coast is the largest outpatient health center in North County San Diego. It is owned and operated by AmeriCare Medical Properties and is home to a variety of health care providers including, Scripps Coastal Medical Group, Imaging Healthcare Specialists, UC San Diego, and The Center for Surgery of Encinitas. AmeriCare utilized a capital lease structure to pay for a portion of the installation.
AmeriCare has invested nearly $1,000,000 in energy efficiency programs over the last two years, including its solar array, in part to upgrade the building to today’s Class A medical standards. Those upgrades include:
- Reflective cool roofs,
- LED building & tenant light replacement,
- LED parking lot light upgrade,
- Variable Frequency Drives in our cooling yards, and
- Campus-wide modern window tinting.
Based on EPA estimates, this new 265 kW system will offset the environmental equivalent of removing 36,000 gallons of gasoline consumed annually or 338,000 lbs. of coal burned annually.