Lovelock Hospital Goes Green

A rural northern Nevada hospital is going green, thanks to help from volunteers with the annual Burning Man event and Sierra Pacific Power Company.

Black Rock Solar, a nonprofit arm of Black Rock City LLC that organizes the annual counterculture festival, is installing photovoltaic solar panels at Pershing General Hospital in Lovelock.

The panels will generate 60,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a year, and save the hospital thousands of dollars in energy costs.

Hospital officials say the savings can be used for new medical equipment.

Sierra Pacific Power also is providing a $150,000 rebate, which essentially covers the cost of installation.