Professional Eye Care – Hinesville, GA
Professional Eye Care
The average per-kilowatt electric cost in Georgia is about 11 cents. So when Dr. Pittman, owner of Professional Eye Care near Savannah, discovered he was paying over 17 cents per kilowatt, he decided he was through getting exploited.
Type: 182KW Grid Tied Roof Mount
Benefits: 4 year ROI
REAP Grant Recipient: He installed an 18 kW solar array on the roof of his strip-mall-based eye clinic. This one-time investment will return him about $4000 per year in savings for 25 to 40 years – even more as the price of electricity keeps climbing. It produced about 80 kWh per day in April of 2017. On nice days it surpassed 100 kWh.
Medical Energy Costs: Hospitals spend an average of $1.67 per square foot on energy costs. This compares to just $1.34 for typical office buildings. Why is it so much higher for hospitals and medical clinics? For one, making patients feel as comfortable as possible is extra important. So while a regular office might be able to cut a few corners on their heating or air conditioning, a doctor’s office can’t. Another reason is that most medical clinics use a lot of energy-intensive equipment and there’s no way to reduce this electricity dependence. It’s what they do. An eye doctor is no exception. Everything from retinal cameras to binocular indirect ophthalmoscopes to that old standby, the phoropter, rely on electricity. And like any technology, the newer it is, the more energy it seems to need, the ocular coherence tomograph being one example.
While a few energy-saving behaviors can make a small difference, there’s simply no way an eye doctor can go without all this equipment. The same is true for any other medical practitioner.There is no way to cut your energy bill by 75% instantly and never have to worry about it again. But with his bill-slashing solar array, Dr. Pittman can now keep his focus on his patients, and he can utilize these and other efficiency improvements as time permits.
Dr. Pittman’s eye clinic speaks to the benefits of solar energy for medical clinics in general. These facilities are typically in standalone buildings, perhaps ones with a few other tenants, or in strip malls like Dr. Pittman’s. Other than rent, electricity is very often the number one operating expense. For any medical clinic with a good roof situation without too many obstructions, solar panels can save you thousands of dollars per year, and allow you to recover your investment in just a few years, earning you free energy for decades afterward.
Results: In just two months, Dr. Pittman’s solar energy production system saved over 10,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from behind emitted and powered the equivalent of over 20,000 lightbulbs for one day. The image below shows his exact numbers.
Environmental Benefits: (First two months of operations)
- CO2 Emmissions Saved 10,268.25 lb
- Equivalent Trees Planted 258.62
- Light Bulbs Powered 20,094.76 for a day