NRG Renew a unit of NRG Energy has entered into an agreement with Kaiser Permanente, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit healthcare providers, to help Kaiser Permanente achieve its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions three years ahead of its promised date.
The project involves as much as 70 MW of on-site solar power from NRG Renew.
As part of Kaiser Permanente’s strategy to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2020 and address the threat of climate change on human health, NRG Renew will implement a single-brand, multi-site distributed solar power program at as many as 170 sites, which will include medical offices, hospitals, clinics, data centers and other Kaiser Permanente facilities.
Solar photovoltaic arrays will be constructed and integrated primarily on carports and parking structures, providing welcome shade from the California sun to more than 20,000 parking spots used by Kaiser Permanente members, visitors and employees.
Using parking structures to harness solar energy is important because in a typical city, pavements account for 35 percent to 50 percent of surface area, of which about 40 percent are exposed parking lots, according to research by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Renewable initiatives like the NRG Renew–Kaiser Permanente project, which generate their own on-site clean energy, will also help contribute to California’s recently announced goal of 50 percent renewable energy by 2030.