Family Care Health Center Building New Solar Energy System

St. Louis, Mo., (April 1, 2010) – Family Care Health Centers has applied for and received $561,000 in federal stimulus funds to offset a portion of their electricity consumption by installing a new solar energy system at each of their two St. Louis health facilities. 

A series of photovoltaic panels is now being installed on the rooftops of the Family Care Health Centers (FCHC) at 4352 Manchester Avenue and 401 Holly Hills Avenue.  These panels will generate approximately 50 kilowatts of energy from direct sunlight, which will offset a portion of the electrical consumption at each facility and reduce their operating costs.

When completed, each facility will also have a lobby kiosk showing in real time the amount of energy being generated by the rooftop panels and the corresponding reduction in electrical consumption at the facility.

“This is a good example of a shovel-ready stimulus project resulting in renewable energy generation,” said Dr. Robert Massie, Chief Executive Officer of FCHC.  “We’re well on our way to reducing our carbon footprint while helping us lower our overall cost of providing community health care services.”

Construction of the project is scheduled for completion in May 2010.  S. M. Wilson is the design/build contractor, and Kaemmerlen Electric is the electrical contractor. 

Family Care Health Centers is dedicated to providing comprehensive primary health care services to the residents of St. Louis. With two state-of-the-art facilities in the metropolitan area, Family Care also works to improve the overall health of the communities it serves by reducing barriers to health care.

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis, a full-service office in Kansas City, Harris/Wilson, and Rollins Construction Company, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of S. M. Wilson, in Indianapolis.  S. M. Wilson is one of the largest general construction and construction management firms in the St. Louis area, and was named a ‘2006 Business of the Year’ by St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.  The company posted $450 million in 2009 revenues, and ranks 140th in Engineering News-Record’s 2009 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide.