OAKLAND, Calif. Jan. 20, 2011 California
Installing these "Bloom Boxes" at Kaiser Permanente buildings is part of a larger plan to use onsite renewable energy sources to power Kaiser Permanente’s buildings nationwide. A focus on renewable energy is just one aspect of the organization’s industry-leading work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce the use of harmful chemicals, and promote sustainable food choices.
Kaiser Permanente’s investment in fuel cells will reduce the organization’s reliance on the public electric grid and help it diversify its energy sources. The four megawatts of fuel-cell power are expected to reduce Kaiser Permanente’s use of fossil fuels for electricity by 34 percent at the locations where they are installed. The deal comes after Kaiser Permanente announced last year it would deploy 15 megawatts of solar power at 15 facilities across the state by the end of 2011.
This move is the latest in Kaiser Permanente’s long history of energy conservation and environmental stewardship. Sustainable design and construction practices, including the use of energy-saving infrastructure and non-toxic materials, help Kaiser Permanente to build green and stay on budget.
Through its green building efforts, Kaiser Permanente:
- $10 million
- Will use sustainable design and construction practices to complete roughly 6.7 million square feet of new construction in the next seven years.
- Eliminated the purchase and disposal of 40 tons of harmful chemicals.
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