Health Trust Planning To Install Solar Panels on Brighton (UK) Hospital
Solar panel plan for Brighton hospital
11:10am Friday 13th July 2012
A health trust is spending £100,000 on installing solar panels at a hospital.
Sussex Community NHS Trust says the move will save it £15,000 a year and it will be able to recoup the cost of the investment in ten years.
The panels will be installed on three south-facing roof slopes in three blocks at Brighton General Hospital and should be up and running by the end of next month.
The trust provides a range of community services, including medical, therapeutic and nursing care, across Brighton and Hove and West Sussex.
The move comes as NHS trusts across the county battle to save millions of pounds a year to keep their finances under control.
The installation will allow the trust to generate its own renewable, green electricity and will reduce its reliance on the National Grid. It will also help the trust meet its 2015 carbon reduction target to generate on-site electricity, saving 20 tonnes of CO2 a year.
Trust environmental manager Will Clark said: “We’ve already reduced our energy consumption and carbon emissions through conventional methods and this project demonstrates our commitment to invest in new, low-carbon technologies, helping us to save money and stay at the forefront of sustainability within the NHS.”
The trust is using the government’s feed-in tariff scheme, which means it will get paid to generate its own energy. The tariffs are guaranteed for 25 years, meaning once the investment is recouped, the trust will have 15 years of free energy.
Source: The Argus