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jam stretching as far as the eye can see, and then make all those cars disappear. The greenhouse gas emission reduction is the equivalent of taking 45,274 cars off the road every year. The Road to Renewable How does a hospital system go from using a relatively compact collection of rooftop solar panels to making the largest green energy play in healthcare history? In this case, cautiously, quickly and side-by-side with trusted partners. In 2012, Kaiser Permanente began looking at what it could do to "green up" its portfolio. That's when the company set the 2020 reduction target. "We started by Kaiser Permanente is looking to add rooftop and ground- mounted solar arrays to more than 100 of its hospitals and other campuses in California, as shown in this rendering of a carport solar installation. "Picture a traffic jam stretching as far as the eye can see, and then make all those cars disappear. [Kaiser Permanente's] gas emission reduction is the equivalent of taking 45,274 cars off the road every year." thinking about expanding our on-site solar generation," Hemstreet says. "But we knew it would take more than that to meet our target, so we initiated a parallel-track strategy to explore on-site and off- site options simultaneously." Kaiser Permanente consulted external advisers to help it navigate the complex world of making a utility-scale energy purchase. Commercial real estate services firm JLL acted as a client advocate, and international energy law experts K&L Gates provided legal guidance. Working closely with JLL and K&L Gates, Kaiser Permanente was able to leverage its 61 million square feet of real estate to find economies of scale. This a l lows t he compa ny to ta ke advantage of incentives from utility companies as well as tax credits at the local, state and federa l levels. Af ter look ing at some 400 of its buildings in California as potential sites for its onsite solar expansion, more than 100 were ultimately found to be suitable. Energy partner NRG Renew Solar will install new solar panels on rooftops, parking structures and other sunny surfaces with no up-front costs to Kaiser Permanente. The off-site power generation i s pa r t of a 2 0 -ye a r power p u r c h a s e a g r e e m e n t w i t h NextEra Energ y Resources, o n e o f t h e l a r g e s t e n e r g y companies in the United States. The largest portion of the fresh power w ill come from t he sun. Kaiser Perma nente ha s a g re e d to pu rcha s e 70 megawatts of solar power from one of NextEra's solar energy plants. The Blythe solar plant is now under construction and will be located on some 4,000 acres in Riverside County, Calif., in the desert outside of Los Angeles. It will use vast arrays of f lat-panel photovoltaics. NextEra will also provide 43 megawatts of electricity derived from wind power from turbines to be built at the Golden Hills wind farm in northern California. Kaiser Permanente's purchase will enable NextEra to build new, more efficient turbines. Kaiser Permanente is looking to add rooftop and ground- mounted solar arrays to more than 100 of its hospitals and other campuses in California, as shown in this rendering of a carport solar installation. 24 the LEADER | September/October 2015

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