After revealing new sustainability goals last month, BHSH System is making strides through the use of solar power.
BHSH System on Tuesday, May 3, released details of a new partnership with CMS Energy to develop a 2.35-acre solar array in Grand Rapids.
The array will be adjacent to and help power the health system’s planned 80-bed subacute rehabilitation center on Leffingwell Avenue NE.
“Developing this solar array reflects our intentional efforts to make a positive impact for the communities we serve, not only through exceptional health care and coverage but also to advance ecological sustainability,” said Tina Freese Decker, president and CEO of BHSH. “Our collective health is very much dependent on our environment, and as a health organization, our actions matter.”
The solar panels will produce approximately 660 megawatt hours of energy per year, which will be enough to cover 16% of the facility’s electrical needs.
CMS is seeking permits to proceed with development of the array. The energy provider also will own and operate the energy producing system on the BHSH-owned property.
“CMS Energy and Spectrum Health share a commitment to Michigan’s clean energy transformation, and we’re proud to be working together to bring this project to life,” said Garrick Rochow, president and CEO of CMS Energy. “Their new solar array builds on CMS Energy’s goal of supporting our customers’ success, serving our planet and strengthening Michigan’s future.”
The solar array is expected to begin operating by the end of this year.