Case Study

St. Helena Hospital

This project involved engineering design services for Helena Hospital, a 181-bed, full-service community hospital. United Technologies Corporation (UTC) approached Salas O’Brien to provide permit and construction design for their new system and to streamline process and approvals required by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) and the interconnection with Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). Salas O’Brien’s technical expertise and experience with hospitals and co-generation/distributed generation systems made them the perfect partner for this project.

In collaboration with UTC and the Director of Facilities at St. Helena Hospital, the Salas O’Brien team designed a system that would  fit into the hospital’s long-term sustainability plan while meeting current and future needs. The installation was the first of its kind for a healthcare facility on the West Coast. The UTC fuel cell provides St. Helena Hospital with 400 kilowatts of continuous, clean power, and the waste heat from the fuel cell is captured for domestic hot-water needs. St. Helena’s fuel cell was partially funded by a grant from the California Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP).


St. Helena, California