New Oakville Hospital to receive a gift that keeps giving

Local EPCM firm will install state-of-the-art solar power system

3D rendering of the photovoltaic solar array power system to be installed by Hatch at the New Oakville Hospital in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. (CNW Group/HATCH)
New Oakville Hospital to receive a gift that keeps giving
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Suzanne Hallsworth

Suzanne Hallsworth

Suzanne Hallsworth is the Director of Community Giving & Communications for the Oakville Hospital Foundation since January 2011. Suzanne was previously the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Credit Valley Hospital Foundation.

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Hatch and Halton Healthcare Services (HHS) have recently announced a gift agreement for Hatch’s donation of a photovoltaic solar array power system to the New Oakville Hospital. Power generated and sold through the state-of- the-art rooftop solar array will help fund the Hospital Foundation through the Ontario Power Authority’s Feed In-Tariff (FIT) program.

After two years of design work and planning, Hatch, a Canadian-owned and globally operating engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) firm, anticipates construction of the 500 KW solar array to begin in 2015. The elevated array, located on the parking garage roof top, has been designed by Hatch to be architecturally unique with best-in-class energy components, manufactured exclusively in Ontario and offering the highest efficiency ratings.

The gift from Hatch is valued at approximately $3,000,0000

“Hatch has had a long relationship with Oakville and is proud to provide the new Hospital with an environmentally-friendly and sustainable source of power and revenue,” said Rob Lydan, Hatch’s Global Director of Solar Power. “We are a significant employer in Oakville and the GTA, and many of our employees live here.”

The gift from Hatch, valued at approximately three million dollars, consists of capital expenditure plus full design of the structure and modules, as well as procurement, permitting, construction, commissioning, and finally handover to HHS. The FIT contract, developed by Hatch with the Ontario Power Authority and in partnership with Oakville Hydro and Hydro One, will provide the Hospital Foundation with revenue of five million dollars over a 20-year period.

“Halton Healthcare Services is pleased to be the recipient of this extraordinary donation to the Hospital,” said Bill Bailey, Vice-President, Redevelopment, Halton Healthcare Services. “The new Oakville Hospital will showcase new technologies, leading edge design features and an environment that promises tremendous benefit to the community. We are constructing a state-of-the-art healthcare facility for our community and are delighted that Hatch has chosen to partner with us. Hatch is bringing the very latest in solar array technology to our project using an innovative rooftop design. It has been a pleasure working with the engineering team from Hatch and it is especially rewarding to see local businesses and their employees support our efforts to provide the best healthcare possible in our community.”

The Hospital Foundation partners with the community to fund essential medical equipment for Oakville’s Hospital in order to enable high quality patient care. The Foundation is currently in the midst of a $60 million fundraising campaign in support of the New Oakville Hospital.

“This project is definitely large scale when it comes to rooftop solar arrays and the HHS views it as a substantial gift” said Lydan. “As an employee owned company, this is really a gift from our employees to give back to our communities.”

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