Solar array lights surgeons’ building


General Surgeons of Western Colorado, 2440 North 11th St., turned on the power from its new 160-panel rooftop solar array and immediately started making money back in the form of cost savings the array generates.

The 40-kilowatt solar power system was designed by RGS Energy and built by FCI Constructors.

The system is expected to generate approximately 60,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year and offset 70 percent of the electricity costs at the surgeons’ new building.

A grand opening of the new 10,000 square foot office building will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

RGS will also monitor and maintain the solar power system.

Construction was completed in early November and the system was turned on Nov. 22.

“The surgeons wanted to care for the environment by choosing renewable energy for their new building,” Carla Blue, the practice’s administrator, said in a news release.

“RGS helped us design an efficient system that would maximize our energy savings while helping the environment.” 

RGS officials estimated the medical practice will recoup its initial capital investment within five years and eliminate more than 475,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions — the same amount of emissions that would be generated from the combustion of 24,000 gallons of gasoline.

“This solar array will not only offset their electricity costs, but will add monthly revenue through the sale of renewable energy credits, as well as increase the overall value of the real estate and organization,” RGS President Justin Pentelute said in a news release.

General Surgeons of Western Colorado provides laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery for the residents of western Colorado, specializing in all aspects of general surgery including colon, rectal, endocrine, surgical oncology, trauma and advanced laparoscopic surgeries, Blue said.


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