Specialist belief installs photo voltaic panels to cut back carbon footprint
As part of a carbon footprint reduction initiative, solar panels were installed by Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt at the Orthopedic Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust.
As part of the solar module project, 1,760 solar modules from ZLC Energy Ltd. Installed at the main hospital location of the trust. This is one of several green initiatives the Trust has tried to date.
“The solar panels will not only lower our electricity costs, they will also lower our CO2 emissions.”
On a sunny day, the system can generate up to 2,300 kWh of electricity, 99.95% of which is fed directly into the hospital’s own electricity system.
This extra performance helps lower ongoing operating costs while reducing the hospital’s carbon footprint, the trust said.
It was found that this was equivalent to boiling a full 1.5 liter kettle 16,439 times, or supplying 100% of their electricity consumption to 290 homes for one day.
The small remaining percentage of the generated electricity is fed back into the grid. The most efficient way to use the energy, according to Trust, is to use it all on the hospital premises.
Mike Bowen, the hospital’s capital manager who led the project, said, “It has been an absolute pleasure to work on this extremely rewarding project for the Trust.
“We can already see that the solar panels will not only lower our electricity costs, but also lower our carbon emissions, which will reduce our impact on the environment,” he said.
The solar project was funded through Salix, a publicly funded program that provides 100% interest-free, conditional loans to public sector organizations to improve their energy efficiency on site.
While it is the Trust’s largest single carbon reduction project to date, a number of other projects are being completed that will help improve efficiency and reduce operating costs.
This includes installing LED lighting to replace old and inefficient lighting fixtures and refurbishing the trust’s boilers with a more efficient system.
The Trust is located in Oswestry on the Shropshire and North Wales border and serves the local population in Shropshire, North and Mid Wales, Cheshire and the West Midlands.
It offers elective orthopedic surgery and musculoskeletal medical services, as well as specialty areas such as spinal injuries, bone tumors, and disorders that affect muscle development.