Joplin hospital installs 100 solar panels in cross shape

3 years 2 weeks 6 days ago Saturday, September 05 2015 Sep 5, 2015 Saturday, September 05, 2015 11:40:00 AM CDT September 05, 2015 in News
By: Associated Press

JOPLIN (AP) - A Joplin hospital that replaced one destroyed in a deadly 2011 tornado has installed 100 solar panels in the shape of a cross.

The Joplin Globe reports that the panels are located on the roof of the cancer treatment center at Mercy Hospital Joplin. They're designed to take advantage of a one-time solar rebate offer from the Joplin-based Empire District Electric Co.

The head of energy and sustainability for Mercy, Doug Neidigh, says the panels produce total of 25,500 watts. Mercy estimates the total annual savings at $4,000.

The system should have a 25-year life, meaning Mercy has the potential to save $100,000 in energy costs, based on existing rates. The rebate from Empire at $1 per watt provided a $25,000 incentive for Mercy, the maximum allowable rebate.

 

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