Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day Services
(NVHADS) has converted its facility on Jefferson Street in Napa from traditional electric power to 100 percent solar energy. A facility-wide energy audit, performed by Sustainable Napa County and Napa County Energy Watch
in 2013, identified several measures to reduce energy usage.
NVHADS’ new photovoltaic system will have significant positive, long-term consequences for the organization, both in terms of energy conservation and substantial financial savings. The new solar system will provide total savings of approximately $450,000 over 20 years.
“The switch to solar means more than just new equipment. It means that Hospice can direct more resources to programs and people as they continue to enrich the lives of clients and ease the burden for caregivers,” said Jeri Gill, CEO of Sustainable Napa County. “Going solar doesn’t just improve Hospice, it improves our entire community.”
The Peter A. and Vernice H. Gasser Foundation
also played an important role in the 18-month process. Foundation executives shared their considerable expertise about selecting and installing solar systems and provided supplemental financial support.
“We are so grateful to our community partners, Sustainable Napa County and the Gasser Foundation, whose guidance and support have helped make this dream a reality,” said NVHADS board chair Steve Silva, who co-managed the solar project with Joanne Sutro, NVHADS Director of Development and Communications.
Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day Services provides life-affirming care with remarkable compassion during life’s most challenging transitions. Celebrating its 36th year, the nonprofit has served more than 10,000 families in the Napa Valley over the past decade alone, and provides an important support service within our community.
Photo L-R Gopal Shanker, Recolte Energy; Jeri Gill and Bill Bennett, Sustainable Napa County; Steve Silva, Steve Silva Plumbing and Board Chair, Hospice; and Joanne Sutro, Hospice