Brevard County Non-Profit Goes Green with Solar Power
Brevard County, Fla. (June 2017) — Since October of last year, Hospice of St. Francis has been generating their own power from the sun and expects to save thousands in utility costs each year. Through forward thinking initiatives like this one, Hospice of St. Francis is helping to ensure the legacy and foster the mission of the organization now celebrating its fortieth year.
Hospice of St. Francis is one of the first facilities in Florida to launch and execute a renewable energy project at this scale. “Making the change to solar power has already had a profound, positive impact on Hospice of St. Francis, and that impact will continue to grow for many years to come,” said Hospice of St. Francis President and CEO Joseph Killian. By producing 20% of the facility’s energy needs, the solar power system has helped Hospice of St. Francis become energy efficient and more sustainable, allowing the company to focus more financial resources on patient care.
“It all comes down to doing the best we can for our Brevard County residents and their families. We’re the first hospice in Florida to install a solar panel system, and we’re hoping others will follow suit,” said Killian. The 250-kilowatt system of 962 sun-concerting solar panels were mounted on the roof and ground of the facility by Brevard Solar. The system is expected to help Hospice of St. Francis save over $30,000 annually and approximately $1,120,000 in 25 years. Hospice of St. Francis is always looking toward creating value and containing costs, the investment in renewable energy is just one example of the importance they place on fiscal and social responsibility.
Our Mission: Uplifting lives. Uplifting each other. Uplifting our community.
Established in 1977, Hospice of St. Francis is now celebrating its fortieth anniversary and is recognized as the longest-serving and only independent not-for-profit hospice in Brevard County. With locations at 1250 Grumman Place in Titusville and 4875 N. Wickham Road in Melbourne, the hospice exists to provide compassionate, quality care for the terminally ill, support for loved ones and resources for community members faced with end-of-life issues throughout Brevard. Early in 2014, Hospice of St. Francis began accepting patients at the Edward M. Poe Hospice Care Center, located at 1240 Grumman Place in Titusville. The 12-suite, full-service hospice care facility provides short-term acute symptom management for hospice patients, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Brevard Solar is Florida’s leader in installing top of the line solar electric systems, solar powered emergency systems combined with other “point of use” energy saving products at an affordable price. Brevard Solar prides itself on providing North American made “Best in Class” solar products and a complete turn-key installation process.
For more information, or to schedule interviews, please call Wanda McCrea at 321-269-4240 or email Wanda at WMccrea@hospiceofstfrancis.com.