TORONTO, Sept. 20 /CNW/ - In an effort to reduce energy costs and
greenhouse gas emissions, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is
installing a new solar panel system on the hospital's Atrium roof. The solar
energy system will supplement SickKids' hot water system, an environmentally
friendly method to reduce energy costs and increase savings for the hospital.
Mondial Energy Inc. is currently in the process of installing the solar
panels on the hospital's roof. When the installation is completed at the end
of November 2007, SickKids will be home to Canada's first hospital-based solar
thermal energy site.
"This is a win-win situation for both SickKids and the environment," said
Anne Marie Christian, Vice-President, Facilities and Redevelopment, SickKids.
"The new solar thermal energy system supports SickKids' goal to strive for
operational excellence at all levels of the organization."
Under the 10-year fixed price contract, Mondial will cover the costs of
the construction of the hospital's solar thermal energy site and pay for, own
and maintain the solar thermal panels. In return, SickKids will purchase solar
thermal energy at a fixed price from Mondial, who will meter the energy
delivered to the hospital's domestic hot water system and enable SickKids to
monitor its energy use in real-time. SickKids and Mondial expect to offset
over 750,000 lbs of steam per year from the 92 solar panels installed.
"Mondial is delighted to be of service to The Hospital for Sick
Children," said Alex Winch, President of Mondial Energy Inc. "With this
installment we are improving the health of the community and supporting the
financial well-being of a wonderful institution".
Ninety-two collectors, also known as solar panels, are being installed on
SickKids' roof, along with 480 gallons of storage volume. The collectors are
fixed to the roof on pre-engineered racks that are bolted to the roof below.
Solar thermal collectors gather the sun's energy and use it to heat hot
water for domestic use in the hospital. The collectors transfer heat to
storage tanks via a heat exchanger. The solar side of the heat exchanger
contains glycol antifreeze solution while domestic hot water is on the other
side. Pumps operate to transfer this energy when the collectors are warmer
than the solar tanks, for instance when the sun is shining. The storage tanks
allow the system to continue to collect solar energy when building demand is
low. Therefore, the collected solar energy can then be used at times of peak
usage when the sun is not necessarily shining. Conventional water heating
systems remain online for cloudy days.
About Mondial Energy Inc.: Mondial Energy Inc. makes renewable energy an
accessible, economical alternative to traditional power sources. We finance,
install and maintain solar installations at client sites and bill for
delivered energy at pre-established rates. Mondial, formed in 2004, is a
private company with over 50 shareholders and has signed Power Purchase
Agreements and letters of intent in Canada and the United States, with
non-profit housing, hotels and casinos.
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), affiliated with the University
of Toronto, is Canada's most research-intensive hospital and the largest
centre dedicated to improving children's health in the country. As innovators
in child health, SickKids improves the health of children by integrating care,
research and teaching. Our mission is to provide the best in complex and
specialized care by creating scientific and clinical advancements, sharing our
knowledge and expertise and championing the development of an accessible,
comprehensive and sustainable child health system. For more information,
please visit www.sickkids.ca. SickKids is committed to healthier children for
a better world.
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For further information:
For further information: Lisa Lipkin, Public Affairs, The Hospital for
Sick Children, Tel: (416) 813-6380, firstname.lastname@example.org; Wendy Low,
Marketing Director, Mondial Energy Inc., Tel: (647) 880-9573,