AdventHealth embraces renewable energy: Solar panels use Florida sunlight to fuel sustainability in Orlando

Solar array on McRae parking garage AH Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. – Oct. 21, 2020 – Powered by the brightest, most visible energy source available in the Sunshine State, AdventHealth has taken a major step toward developing renewable energy at its Orlando campus.

With more than 1,800 solar panels on AdventHealth Orlando’s newest parking garage, the health care system anticipates saving more than $4.6 million in energy costs, while energizing important systems within its flagship campus.

“AdventHealth is committed to enhancing environmental sustainability throughout our health system in Central Florida,” said Jennifer Wandersleben, president and CEO of Acute Care Services for AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division.

AdventHealth’s solar array represents the largest on-site solar project for a health care organization in Central Florida, and is the largest solar project within Orlando city limits.

The 300-ton steel canopy sits atop the parking garage at McRae Ave. between Princeton St. and Rollins St., and will generate more than 1.3 million kilowatt hours (kWh) annually. Wandersleben said future plans are being discussed to set up similar solar arrays at additional AdventHealth facilities in Central Florida.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer supported the renewable energy effort, which echoes sustainability efforts by the City of Orlando.

"It will take efforts by companies and organizations big and small to ensure Orlando reaches our 2050 renewable energy goals," Dyer said. "We are encouraged by the steps AdventHealth has taken to help us move the needle and ensure we protect the future of our residents for generations to come."

Orlando City Commissioner Robert Stuart joined Wandersleben and Dyer to celebrate the launch of the solar energy effort, which also features 32 electric car charging stations.

“The sun is such a powerful force for our local economy,” Stuart said. “It’s a source of inspiration and healing for many, and its energy should be captured and put to best use.”

ESA Solar of Lake Mary provided engineering, procurement and construction for the project, which should help offset nearly 32 million lbs. of carbon dioxide and more than 11.5 million gallons of water in the next 25 years.