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"All indications are that this program will produce results that are cost-neutral or better," Hemstreet says. A company that makes a significant green energy investment could not only see a large electricity bill cut way down, but it could also potentially see positive returns. Furthermore, a diversified energy portfolio is a smart bet in the face of uncertainties of the global energy markets. Now that the energy program has been created, it can be repeated elsewhere and scaled as necessary. "We've laid the groundwork here," Keyak says. "Now we can take the lessons learned and implement at other sites." Plans are already on the drawing board to create similar renewable energy programs in Colorado, Hawaii and the Mid-Atlantic states. It seems that with renewables, the sky is the limit. Sandra Barron is a journalist recently transplanted to sunny Santa Monica, Calif., after six years of living and writing in Tokyo. Wan t more informat ion on t his topic? V isi t CoreNet Global 's Knowledge Center (w w and search for the following titles: • SolarZone @ UA Tech Park—Largest Multi-Tenant, Multi- technology Site • Riding the Green Wave: Sustainable Practices Pay Dividends for Cities and Real Estate Providers Solar panels cover the roof of the parking garage at Kaiser Permanente's Santa Clara, Calif. Medical Center. Building Powerful Teams With a tight deadline and the double goal of reducing greenhouse emissions and stabilizing energy costs, the company knew that building up the right human infrastructure was just as important as the fields of solar panels. "You have to find the people who are passionate about this at every level," says Jeffrey Keyak, senior energy consultant for Kaiser Permanente. "The key is building cross-functional teams that will work together to take on the job of reviewing the planning and implementation every step of the way." Key stakeholders and savvy organizers were recruited from across Kaiser Permanente to set goals, keep things moving and monitor metrics. At weekly meetings, with guidance from JLL, they coordinated all aspects of the many moving pieces, including financing, communications and trouble-shooting. They worked with each other and externally with NextEra and NRG, all while keeping on top of city, state and national guidelines and regulations. Building teams like these during the early phases has benefits that continue for the lifespan of the project. Some of the same people who developed the program will maintain ownership as it grows. The teams will continue to identify and monitor key metrics as the energy operations come on-line, and they will oversee the performance of all entities involved. The Business Case for Breathing Easy It turns out that what's good for the environment is also good for business. Long-term contracts like the 20-year price agreement Kaiser Permanente negotiated with its energy partners protect against rises in energy costs. September/October 2015 | the LEADER 25

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