ANTIGO – Aspirus Langlade Hospital in Antigo knows the environmental impact it has.
Healthcare facilities use a lot of power, and they have a considerable carbon footprint.
But the hospital has lofty goals for being more environmentally friendly. It hopes to set a model for how the medical industry can coexist with a clean environment.
In a few weeks, Director of Maintenance and Facilities Jason Noskowiak will flip a switch to start the flow of solar power into the hospital
The 10,000 square feet of new solar panels on the hospital’s roof are all in place. When they’re up and running, they will produce four percent of the building’s power.
“Our goal, as a system, is to reduce our carbon footprint by 30 percent in the next three years,” said Noskowiak.
The Antigo location is the first of the system’s eight hospitals to get solar panels. In a decade, the hospital plans to reduce its carbon impact by 80 percent.
“It’s pretty exciting to be part of that and to be leading the charge of something that will be there for decades,” Noskowiak said.
But the panels are only a part of the organization’s efforts.
“This is a project here that we are very proud of for the community,” said Sarah Olafson, a marketing and communications specialist for the hospital.
The hospital uses paper straws, toilets that save water, and lots of natural light.
“Aspirus Langlade Hospital is committed to giving back to this community. Part of that commitment is our commitment to renewable energy, to recycle what we have now and focusing on the future,” Olafson said.
Aspirus plans to install panels on other hospitals and clinics.
Langlade Hospital worked with a local contractor on the panel project. North Wind Renewable Energy in Stevens Point installed the solar array.