Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest nonprofit integrated health care system, has finalized an agreement for a major renewable energy purchase that will enable it to achieve its goal of being carbon neutral in 2020.
The company’s 180-MW power purchase agreement clean energy — enough to power 27 of its 39 hospitals — will enable the construction of utility-scale solar and wind farms, and one of the country’s largest battery-energy storage systems.
The agreement is part of a comprehensive portfolio of renewable energy solutions and greenhouse gas reduction strategies that together are supporting Kaiser Permanente’s clean energy future.
“Climate change is here. We are seeing the effects of it in devastating wildfires, hurricanes and droughts already impacting people’s lives,” said Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson. “At Kaiser Permanente, we understand that one of the most effective ways to protect the health of the more than 68 million people in the communities we serve is by ensuring healthy environmental conditions. By investing in renewable energy and becoming carbon neutral, Kaiser Permanente is helping to prevent climate-related illness for people worldwide.”
Tyson will deliver remarks during the opening plenary of the Global Climate Action Summit on Thursday, Sept. 13.
Environmental stewardship has been an important part of Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to community health for the past two decades. In 2016 the organization announced an ambitious goal to become carbon neutral in 2020, along with several other bold goals to reduce its climate impact. Among the milestones met to date:
- Achieved a 29% reduction in net greenhouse gas emissions since 2008, while increasing our membership by 36%
- Reduced water usage by 12% per square foot of building space since 2013
- Opened California’s first LEED Platinum hospital, the Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center, in April 2017
- Hosted California’s first hospital-based renewable microgrid at the Kaiser Permanente Richmond Medical Center
- Issued $1 billion in Green Bonds to fund LEED Platinum and Gold building projects
- Joined RE100, California Healthcare Climate Alliance, Ceres Connect the Drops and other climate leadership initiatives
- Kaiser Permanente has finalized a 180-MW power purchase agreement that will enable construction of utility-scale renewable wind and solar farms, and a large battery storage system
- Wind farm generation: 50 MW
- Solar farm generation: 131 MW
- Battery storage capacity: 110 MW
- 180 MW is equivalent to the amount of electricity it takes to power 27 of our 39 hospitals year-round
- This agreement will make Kaiser Permanente the largest purchaser of renewable energy in the U.S. health care sector, using more than 1 million MWh of green power annually
- The project is being built and will be operated by NextEra Energy Resources
- Location: The solar farm and battery storage will be located in eastern Riverside County; the wind farm will be located across the border in Arizona, though the power transmission will be delivered directly to the California grid.
- Estimated completion date: Kaiser Permanente will begin receiving
associated renewable energy credits in 2019; the projects will come online in 2020 and 2021.