Hatch donates solar roof to new Oakville Hospital

Hatch is proud to announce the successful completion of a state-of-the-art rooftop solar array, which will provide clean energy and revenue to the newly opened Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital.

Hatch’s CEO, John Bianchini, and senior company leaders toured the Oakville hospital on December 16, 2015 to view the 500-kilowatt solar array in full operation, which Hatch donated as a gift to the hospital. The visit was hosted by representatives from Halton Healthcare and the Oakville Hospital Foundation and included the Hatch Patient Care Centre, one of three main hospital blocks which provides outpatient services and clinics, including rehabilitation and palliative care. Completion of the rooftop solar array follows on more than two years of project design, installation and testing.

The solar array was connected to Ontario’s power grid on November 16, 2015 and obtained commercial operation status on November 30, 2015. Power generated and sold through the solar array will provide the Oakville Hospital Foundation with revenue of $6.35 million over a 20-year period, through the Ontario Power Authority’s Feed-In Tariff (FIT) Program.

“The Oakville Hospital is important to Hatch in many ways,” said John Bianchini, Hatch’s CEO. “First, we wanted to make a long-term contribution by generating revenue through clean energy. Second, the solar array itself showcases the innovative design of Hatch engineers. Our team collaborated with the hospital and construction partners to complete the project to coincide with the hospital’s opening.”

Bianchini added, “Many of our corporate office employees live in the area. When visiting the hospital, they can be proud of the innovative contribution that Hatch has made to their community.”

The gift from Hatch, valued at approximately $3 million, consisted of capital expenditure plus full engineering design, as well as procurement, permitting, construction, commissioning and handover to Halton Healthcare.

“Halton Healthcare is proud of the many new technologies and leading-edge design features in the new Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, including the rooftop solar array on our 6-storey parking garage,” said Bill Bailey, Halton Healthcare’s Vice-President, Redevelopment.  “Hatch’s latest solar technology combined with an innovative rooftop design makes this a winning partnership that will generate green power for the community and revenue to help fund OTMH’s emerging priorities.”

The elevated array, located on the roof of the parking garage, was designed to be architecturally unique. The design allows for full functionality of the top deck as a parking area, and complements the building’s original architecture with a series of rooftop arches. Hatch used best-in-class energy components for this installation to provide a consistent revenue stream over the duration of the FIT contract, with minimum operation and maintenance costs for Halton Healthcare.

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