“Prices have stayed high in part because network businesses – which carry power through poles and wires from the generator to the home – have spent billions of dollars on infrastructure that falling consumption has made redundant. A nasty correction is coming and the question is who will pay for it – power companies, governments or consumers again?” – Tony Wood – Energy Program Director – Grattan Institute

One of the biggest challenges affecting the national health care system, yet solvable – is its energy consumption  coupled with it reliance on the energy grid. Healthcare facilities are among the most energy-intensive sectors in Australia undertaking a transformation to cleaner, greener and more affordable energy solutions. Clean Energy Corporation Australia is a renewable energy provider across Australia for the Health & Aged Care sector, from hospital facilities, medical centres, radiology clinics and aged care facilities.


Energy consumption demands in Health
Electricity is used in the health industry for space cooling and ventilation, lighting, medical equipment and many other processes. Natural gas, liquid petroleum gas and steam are also used in the health industry for space heating, domestic hot water, laundries and cooling (via absorption chillers). These electricity demands effect operational budgets within the health industry where Solar PV can directly assist and save money.[/su_service][/one_half]

Why Electricity pricing is rising
Network tariffs vary across network providers and therefore different prices occur depending on location (depreciation of grid & operating costs), historical usage of operator and different peak usage figures. Most of that is going towards paying off the $45 billion network companies have spent on updating our poles and wires over the last five years.



arrow-blank Over the five years to 2013 the average power bill increased 70% compared by 12% inflation.

arrow-blank Conversely average consumption for power is 7% less than it was in 2006

arrow-blank 43% – 51% of a power bill goes to fund the network management and upkeep





Solar as a service
There are a number of different variables in the health industry that directly affect solar system sizing, and the best type of solar product for the facility. Variables such as the business type; ie. aged care to hospitals to radiology clinics all have different business needs coupled with business operating hours, energy consumption demands all affect the motivations to go solar. This is why Clean Energy Corporation Australia looks at solar as-a-service to our health clients, to manage the system, maintenance and optimise the system, tailored to the business needs and case.