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Carolinas MED-1 Disaster Response Facility Incorporating Green Energy


August 28, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC August 28, 2012 – Carolinas MED-1 – a mobile hospital owned by Carolinas HealthCare System – is again leading innovation in disaster response via a partnership with members of the Charlotte energy hub. Through integration of energy efficient solutions and renewable energy technology MED-1 will become less dependent on fossil fuels.

“One of the challenges in working in a disaster location is fuel to operate Carolinas MED-1’s two 100 kilowatt diesel powered generators,” said Dr. David Callaway, operational medical director. “Imagine if we could arrive at a devastated area and be fully operational without requiring any local fuel sources. By utilizing energy efficient technology, we can drastically reduce fuel consumption, not only during the critical first days on station, but during the entire deployment.”

In addition to providing care to delegates to the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Charlotte (September 4th-6th) MED-1 will display, monitor and measure smart grid technology, integrating solar with traditional power generation in an effort to move one step closer to the development of a clean, sustainable mobile medical microgrid.

Earlier in the year, energy efficiency solutions provider, Lime Energy, worked with the MED-1 team to audit and uncover several opportunities for the mobile hospital to reduce energy consumption and incorporate renewable energy into operations. Once the delivery plan was approved, the team brought in a local energy partner, SEWW Energy, Inc. to support in this endeavor. The initial project has resulted in more efficient LED lighting and air conditioning, improved patient and staff comfort, and has lessened logistical support requirements.

“Charlotte continues to create an environment where smart partnerships can thrive and bring real value to our global community” said John O’Rourke, president and CEO of Lime Energy. “We were thrilled to bring our energy expertise to this unique project.”

Not only will DNC delegates be able to feel the immediate improvements to the innovative mobile hospital but they will also see how energy can be harnessed and recaptured through an interactive kiosk, which is also located at www.med1green.org.

Kevon Makell, president and CEO of SEWW Energy, Inc. remarked, "As a new small business entrant to the Charlotte Energy hub, SEWW Energy is delighted to provide its microgrid development products and services in support of Carolinas HealthCare System and Dr. Callaway's MED-1 Green vision. The power of local partnership and innovation can improve the lives of all those whom we collectively serve."

The first deployment of Carolinas MED-1 was in 2005 to Waveland, Miss. Arriving just days after Hurricane Katrina smashed and flooded much of the Gulf Coast, the MED-1 staff provided care for 7,500 patients during a nearly seven week deployment.

This remarkably flexible unit has been deployed on disaster missions four times. On numerous other occasions it has served to provide H1N1 flu vaccine in medically underserved areas of Charlotte; in-depth physical exams for high school athletes; as an urgent care center at a PGA golf tournament and other public events.

Carolinas MED-1 contains six critical care, seven acute care beds and two functional operating room beds. Carolinas MED-1 has provided a much-needed emergency center where staff have cared for patients suffering from strokes, heart attacks, infections and other serious to life-threatening conditions.

“In Charlotte we have innovative visionaries in health, energy and technology,” said Dr. Callaway. “It’s the right atmosphere for collaboration to drive new ways of looking at challenges and finding solutions. This team really worked well together to deliver immediate energy efficiencies as well as to validate our future vision for Med-1.”

Carolinas HealthCare System (carolinashealthcare.org), one of the nation’s leading and most innovative healthcare organizations, provides a full spectrum of healthcare and wellness programs throughout North and South Carolina. Its diverse network of more than 650 care locations includes academic medical centers, hospitals, healthcare pavilions, physician practices, surgical and rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, nursing homes, behavioral health centers, and hospice and palliative care. CHS works to improve and enhance the overall health and wellbeing of its communities through high quality patient care, education and research programs, and numerous collaborative partnerships and initiatives.

Lime Energy Co. Lime Energy is building a clean energy future. As one of the nation’s leading providers of clean energy solutions, Lime brings over 25 years of delivering economically viable efficiency and renewable energy solutions that benefit communities and protect the environment. Lime’s platform includes some of the energy industry’s most experienced professionals and an expansive geographic footprint with over 300 employees at 18 locations in North America. Lime Energy’s services include integrated energy engineering, consulting and the implementation of solutions that enable customers to reduce their facility’s energy consumption, lower their operating and maintenance costs and reduce their carbon footprint. Additional information is available at www.lime-energy.com or by emailing info@lime-energy.com.

SEWW Energy, Inc., or Sun/Earth/Wind/& Water Energy, delivers The Power to Prevail with clean, reliable and efficient Smart Energy microgrids. Our microgrids feature an innovative SEWW Energy Microgrid Assessment Tool powered by SRI (Strategic Resources Institute), energy storage capability, and multiple generation sources featuring renewable energy and smart grid technologies that together deliver sustainable, secure, reliable, efficient and affordable power supply. A microgrid is an energy management system that affords local and transportable power generation from renewable energy and other distributed sources, with or without bulk power grid interconnection capabilities. Each SEWW Energy microgrid is thoughtfully designed to complement, not compete with, a client’s business, economic and social development plans. For additional information, please go to www.sewwenergy.com.

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