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Geostellar Launches Nationwide Solar Program for Health Care System Facilities, Employees and Patients

Cleveland Clinic, Gundersen Health System, Providence Health & Services, and University Hospitals First to Promote Solar Energy through Health Care Without Harm, Practice Greenhealth Partnership 

Washington, DC and San Francisco, Calif –  July 12, 2016 – Geostellar, the nation’s first and largest online solar marketplace, today announced at Intersolar North America the launch of Solar.Clinic, a program for health care systems to go solar and offer solar energy to their employees, patients and community members. Working in partnership with Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth, the program was launched with health systems Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals based in Northeast Ohio; Gundersen Health System serving Western Wisconsin Northeastern Iowa and Southeastern Minnesota; and Providence Health & Services across the Western United States.

Solar.Clinic is a simple, convenient way for health systems to power their operations and promote clean, affordable solar energy in their communities. Participating health systems receive discounts on solar energy installation, equipment and financing for their own facilities and for the homes of employees, patients and community members. Geostellar also provides an online platform, communications program and distribution support for increasing the deployment of solar energy across each health system’s service area.

“We appreciate the great work performed by Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth over the past decades to reduce the environmental impact associated with the practice of medicine,” remarked David Levine, CEO of Geostellar. “We’re proud to work together to promote both the economic and environmental benefits of solar energy within the health sector and the communities they serve.”

We are very pleased with the early adoption of the program by some of the pre-eminent health systems in the country,” remarked Eric Lerner, Director of the U.S. Climate and Health program for Health Care Without Harm. “Geostellar has a proven track record of working with leading U.S. corporations to provide this important benefit to their employees. Solar.Clinic provides an important opportunity for health systems to include their employees in their efforts to be more environmentally sustainable and to demonstrate climate leadership.”

The Solar.Clinic program is also designed to boost economic development in the communities served by the health systems. Each installation is performed by qualified local contractors and backed by Geostellar’s supplemental guarantee covering workmanship, equipment and performance.

“I contracted for the installation of solar panels on my own home through the Geostellar platform,” added Mark Platt, Senior Vice President for Business Services at Gundersen Health System. “I am very pleased with the results and will happily recommend the program and services to my colleagues, friends and neighbors.”

As changing weather patterns and rising temperatures spread diseases to new regions, decrease food production, impact mental health and well-being, increase injuries and stress hospitals’ critical infrastructure, health organizations must lead the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy resources. In fact, according to new research from Yale University, if the U.S. healthcare system were a country, it would rank 13th in the world in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, contributing 8% of our nation’s total climate impact and emitting more than the entire United Kingdom. U.S. healthcare is also responsible for 12 percent of our acidification, 10 percent of smog pollution, and 9 percent of respiratory disease from particulate matter. The health damage from US health care sector pollutants for a single year was estimated at 470,000 “disability adjusted life years” (DALYs) — a measure of years lost due to ill health, disability, or early death. Geostellar’s Solar.Clinic will assist health care systems and the communities they serve in reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change, as well as the pollutants that affect childhood asthma and mercury accumulation in the food chain.

 

About Geostellar

Geostellar is America’s first and largest solar energy marketplace, with the only instant, interactive Solar Profile that tailors solar equipment, installation and financing plans to best meet the unique needs of each individual household. Our patented platform lowers the cost of solar energy, making it more competitive with conventional electricity and providing homeowners with greater savings on electric bills. The result is more accessible, affordable and plentiful clean solar power for America. Solar Mojo, an app for the iPhone and iPad, is available for download at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/solar-mojo/id720891584?mt=8. For more information, visit us at: http://www.geostellar.com/

 

About Health Care Without Harm

Health Care Without Harm seeks to transform the health sector worldwide, without compromising patient safety or care, so that it becomes ecologically sustainable and a leading advocate for environmental health and justice. To learn more about Health Care Without Harm, visit www.noharm.org.

 

About Practice Greenhealth

Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading health care community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care through tools, best practices and knowledge. To learn more about Practice Greenhealth, visit www.practicegreenhealth.org.

 

About Gundersen Health System

Gundersen Health System is an integrated health system headquartered in La Crosse, Wis., with hospitals and clinics in rural communities throughout western Wisconsin, northeastern Iowa and southeastern Minnesota. Consistently ranked in the top 5 percent of hospitals in the country by independent healthcare ratings organizations, the health system is committed to providing high-quality healthcare for people in rural communities.

 

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Media Contact: 

Ellen Backus

612.616.2991

ellen@teamsilverline.com

 

Charlotte Bellotte

304-596-0228

charlotte.bellotte@geostellar.com

 

 

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