MidCentral District Health Board has approved raising an interest-free loan for about $260,000 to continue its hospital LED lighting upgrade project.
The board plans to use the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority (EECA) loan as a continuation of its lighting upgrade in the kitchen and Clinical Services Block, where light fittings are at the end of their life and are constantly failing.
The loan comes with a set-up fee of around $20,000, but this would be more than offset by the expectant energy savings of $57,165 a year.
MDHB has regularly accessed EECA loans, and some grant funding, for energy saving projects over the past 20 years.
Management has maintained regular energy audits of its facilities and as a result identified such projects to reduce utility costs. These include: building management system upgrades, chilled water metering and optimisation, upgrading heating ventilation and air conditioning systems, hot water and heating systems.
Group Manager Commercial support services Jeff Small said MDHB is embarking on a number of infrastructure projects, including the upgrade of Information Systems which will contribute to a four percent increase in our overall electricity consumption of around $1.325 million a year.
“This energy project will help offset some of the energy usage increases created by these types of infrastructure projects," Mr Small said.
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