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Solar panels save NHS clinic over £60,000 a year

Published: November 18, 2022, 2:32 PM

Hull’s teaching hospitals have pledged to reach net zero a decade earlier than the rest of the NHS. Picture: NHS.

NHS Property Services (NHSPS) has installed a photovoltaic solar panel on the south-facing roof elevation of Health House in Hull which is expected to generate over 300MWh of renewable energy, saving the NHS over £60,000 in electricity costs.

The array has a guaranteed operational life of 20 years and includes 41 monocrystalline solar panels, a monitoring platform and a high performance inverter. The NHSPS has also installed a live generation data display from the solar panel in the clinic’s reception, which aims to help “raise awareness and visibility around energy use”.

“The project from start to finish ran seamlessly and the collaboration between all like-minded parties worked well towards success. The project has helped us move forward in our ‘green journey’ in the building, now and in the years to come It also provided a specification for other buildings across the country to follow,” said Elaine Hall, Minor Works Manager at the NHSPS.

In response to the project, the NHSPS has identified a further 45 NHSPS sites that could benefit from solar system installation.

Hull’s teaching hospitals have pledged to reach net zero by 2030 – a decade earlier than the rest of the NHS.

Projects in this transition so far have included the £4.5million ‘Field of Dreams’, made up of 11,000 solar panels which the trust says are already generating enough energy to meet operating needs. Castle Hill Hospital daycares.

Elsewhere, other trusts are also working to decarbonize the wider NHS. Veolia UK & Ireland recently won a £27 million energy management contract, which included the installation of a 1.1 MWp solar system at Eastbourne Hospital for example.

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