The Forrest Centre, a small not-for-profit organisation, owns two mid-sized aged care facilities in Wagga Wagga which have had an energy makeover to reduce electricity costs by 32 per cent each year.
The Loreto Home of Compassion and Mary Potter Nursing Home provide care to 136 residents. The interior lighting levels were below recommended levels in parts of the facility and Verdia was engaged to identify cost effective improvements that would benefit residents, visitors and staff.
New LED lighting technology now provides a brighter, safer and more welcoming environment.
Combined the facilities will save around $90,000 in year one and almost $2 million over the asset lifetime. The solar PV will have an average payback of five to six years, then provide low-cost electricity for a further 20 years, helping to offset future electricity price increases.
200kW of solar PV across Loreto Home of Compassion and Mary Potter Nursing Home
612 solar panels
962 LED lights
32 per cent reduction in electricity costs
25 per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions