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Gundersen Health System continues their green energy movement with solar panels

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Gundersen will save 15,000 in energy costs just for this project

Gundersen Health System in La Crosse is continuing their goal of being energy dependent by installing 388 solar panels on the roof of their behavioral health building.

The project will give the building more than enough power according to Gundersen’s facilities director Alan Eber.

“When you think about over a course of the year, it will produce 150,000 kilowatt hours of electricity. That would power about 17 homes in La Crosse”

Eber says they’ve saved over 2 million dollars over the last 10 years on electrical costs, which in turn helps make the product for patients cheaper as well.

Another goal the energy saving campaign has achieved is making the community healthier

Eber said, “Because we’re not burning as much fossil fuels as a result of our operation, it’s improving the air quality in our community.”

The project should be completed by the first week in June.

Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.

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