Congressman Jimmy Panetta will attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house at the San Benito Health Foundation for its newly-renovated, solar-powered health center, according to a recent press release. The ceremony is scheduled for Aug. 14 at 5 p.m. at the Health Foundation, located at 351 Felice Drive in Hollister.
The project is California’s first fully self-sufficient, sustainable, zero-carbon, renewably-powered healthcare facility, the press releases said.
The San Benito Health Foundation began its process to become a green facility last year when Executive Director Rosa Vivian Fernandez consulted with Greenpower and the Aromas Progressive Action League during a Rotary Club of San Juan Bautista meeting.
The solar portion of the project cost about $2 million and is expected to save the Health Foundation $60,000 annually, according to Robert Hymes with Mynt Systems, overseer of the project.
Changes to the health facility include the installation of solar panels and a more efficient HVAC system, retrofitting all lights to LED lights and switching the generator from diesel to an ethanol-based fuel.