Sunday, 26 December 2010

Plymouth NHS goes solar to cut costs and carbon

Solar panels will be fitted to 20 NHS buildings across the city in a bid to
cut carbon emissions and save cash.

Initial costs for the scheme run to £250,000 but it is expected to generate
an income of £31,360 a year.

NHS Plymouth managers this week approved the plans to fit photovoltaic (PV)
cells to roofs of properties including the Cumberland Centre and Peninsula
Dental School in Devonport, Mount Gould Hospital, Ernesettle Primary Care
Centre, Plympton Hospital and the Nuffield Clinic.

Health bosses said the project, part of a national drive, is among a number
of ways the primary care trust is looking to improve energy efficiency and
reduce utility bills. They are looking to install the panels by February to
take advantage of a Government incentive tariff.

Di Philpott, NHS Plymouth project
planning manager, said PV cells are one of the most effective ways of
reducing carbon emissions.

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