Santa Clara Valley Health
Valley Medical Center Photovoltaic System
Salas O’Brien provided energy engineering, planning, and advisory services for the installation of a comprehensive photovoltaic energy system at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center prioritizes high quality, compassionate healthcare for community members no matter their social status or ability to pay. The organization’s hospitals and clinics aim to coordinate across disciplines to provide excellent care, to decrease redundancies and costs, and to increase the healthy lifespan of their patients.
When the County of Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System (SCVHHS) decided to install a photovoltaic system at their facility, they hired Salas O’Brien to assist the hospital in writing a request for proposal (RFP) for the installation of the desired photovoltaic system. The project involved energy engineering and planning.
The Salas O’Brien team helped SCVHHS determine the scope of work, evaluate the proposals, and ultimately determine the best course of action during the construction of the system. We then aided the hospital with an economic analysis and performance model for the proposed 840 kW PV systems. Throughout the process, our engineers participated in county meetings to receive approval from Santa Clara County’s Board of Supervisors, performed design oversight, and conducted a review of the contractor’s submittals for code compliance and hospital standards.
Over a five year span after this solar installation, the hospital saved 6,876,775 kWh—resulting in rebate payments from PG&E of more than $3 million.