Solar Energy Comes to the East Baltimore Campus

Solar Energy Comes to the East Baltimore Campus


Johns Hopkins Medicine is taking
advantage of the benefits of solar power on 100 acres in
rural Queen Anne, Maryland, about 60 miles from the Johns
Hopkins Hospital campus in Baltimore. The solar farm boasts more
than 40,000 solar panels.>>This site produces 13
megawatts of energy and on a hot summer day in Baltimore with all
the air conditioning running, we use about 65
megawatts of energy. So on any given warm summer day,
this will be about a sixth of our
electricity, of our overall use.>>And what’s good for
Johns Hopkins, is also good for the environment.>>In total, it’s roughly about
10 million square feet on the East Baltimore campus that
the electricity serves, so that is the equivalent of
53,000 homes on our peak day.>>The energy produced by these
panels is sent to the power grid and Johns Hopkins receives
credits for that power and then uses the energy from the same
grid to power its buildings. The deal is cost effective as
well with Johns Hopkins getting a guaranteed price
over the next 20 years.>>We might be setting
an example for other hospitals. I think a lot of academic
medical centers across the country have looked at
the ways that they can be more sustainably supportive.>>The solar farm is just the
next step in terms of finding alternative energy. The campus already produces
15 megawatts of power using natural gas, and it has
added a number of green roofs, like this one, to improve air
quality and conserve energy. McConnell explains from
a green roof on the hospital, that medical centers are unique
in their energy needs.>>Hospitals run 24/7, yet there
are a lot of things you can do to be energy efficient in office
buildings that close down at night, but
hospitals don’t do that.>>It’s yet another way
Johns Hopkins Medicine hopes to innovate and positively impact
the health of the community and the environment.

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