Our Costa Rica team continues to lead Hologic forward with innovative solutions to help address climate change. Since 2018, when the Costa Rica site initially installed solar panels, the team has harnessed the power of solar electricity to deliver environmental benefits and financial savings. For example, these solar panels have reduced the facility’s carbon footprint by 25.5 tons of CO2 per year; saving the equivalent of 8,000 trees, while also saving approximately $71,000 USD per year in electricity costs.
Given these outstanding benefits, in June of 2022, the Costa Rica team chose to expand its solar panel capacity. We expect the new panels to generate 220 kilowatts (kW) of power at maximum capacity, which represents more than 456 thousand kilowatt-hours (kWh) of power per year, equivalent to the average annual consumption of more than 200 houses in Costa Rica.
The facility is also implementing a battery system to save and store electricity generated during periods of low energy usage, with a goal to offset activity during periods of peak energy consumption.
These initiatives are part our global strategy to achieve a 40% reliance on self-generated renewable energy at Hologic-owned sites by 2030.