Today contractors have commenced work to install Solar Panels at YDHS.

YDHS applied for an interest free loan from the State Government under the Gippsland Solar Fund with the application being successful and a total loan of $830,000 received. Due to the strength of the application our proposal for LED lighting replacement and the installation of a Geothermal Energy plant, along with Solar Power was included in the loan.

Energis is the prime contractor for the Solar works and was selected via a Gippsland wide tender process undertaken by Health Purchasing Victoria (HPV), a Statutory Group Purchasing Scheme established by the Victorian Government.

Colleen Boag, Chief Executive Officer, YDHS said, “there has been an enormous amount of planning behind this Project, and I am so pleased to be able to announce works have commenced. I expect that the work will be finished in 2-3 weeks and YDHS can start reaping the benefits of solar power. It is anticipated that annual savings of up to $240,000 annually can be achieved and more than 300 tonnes of CO2 discharge to the environment annually can be eliminated. The payback for the Solar system is 4.8 years.”

The system has been designed with an eye to the future so that more panels can be added, the system is battery compatible and power can be sold to the grid.

Colleen went on to say, “this is a great day for YDHS, the community, our financial viability and the planet and I am so happy that YDHS can be a part of this and help lead the way in energy sustainability.”