Excela Latrobe gets $50,000 grant to improve energy efficiency
Excela Health Latrobe Hospital has received a $50,000 grant from the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund to improve its levels of energy efficiency, the hospital said in a news release.
The grant will allow the hospital to install SkySpark analytics software that will monitor energy consumption trends over time, enabling the identification of abnormalities and consistently poor performance, the release said.
“Incorporating this software will assist our continuous improvement process and enable identification of new energy savings opportunities,” said Dan Robison Excela Health's facilities director. “SkySpark is crucial to maintain and build upon Latrobe's previous onsite energy savings of 18 percent.”
Fault detection software such as SkySpark can detect manual overrides of controls that would otherwise go unnoticed and allows engineers to check the status of equipment remotely, preventing the reversal of previously achieved energy savings, the release said.
Excela Latrobe recently invested in HVAC system upgrades by equipping air handling units and related mechanical equipment with new digital controls and adjusting temperature and air flow set points to save energy.