Solar panels to be installed at GMH – Pacific Daily News


Guam Memorial Hospital Chief Financial Officer Benita Manglona talks about the solar panels that will be placed at GMH during a press conference on Oct. 20, 2017. Jerick Sablan/PDN

Guam Memorial Hospital will soon install solar panels, which will help save money in energy costs that can be spent on other needs at the hospital.

GMH officials announced the solar panel project during a press conference Friday, and said they hope it will be completed by the end of the year.

Micronesia Renewable Energy was selected for the $349,200 project, and the contract date ends April 2018, but company officials said they’re aiming for an end-of-the-year completion.

The project is being funded by an Empowering Insular Communities grant from the U.S. Department of Interior, GMH officials said.

GMH Chief Financial Officer Benita Manglona said the solar panels could save the hospital $75,000 a year in energy costs.

The Department of Interior gave the hospital a $500,000 grant in May 2015 to procure cost-saving energy measures, but there was a delay in getting the project started because of a procurement protest. She said the protest has since been resolved, and they’ll soon start to place the panels.

They’re waiting for a permit to be issued by the end of this month to start the project, she said.

Micronesia Renewable Energy Operations Manager Sean Carbonneau said 432 panels will be placed on the hospital’s roof. It will be one of the company’s biggest projects so far, he said.

The panels are three feet by five feet, and produce 275 watts, he said. 

He said the sunny summer months will provide ample energy, but even on cloudy days the panels will produce energy.



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