Green friendly hospital reducing electricity costs

NEW solar panels at a hospital will soon be in operation – helping reduce the site’s electricity costs by around 10%.

The 250kw panels at the University Hospital of North Tees will generate renewable energy which can go back into powering the whole building.

Half of the planned solar panels – 480 in total – are already in place and in operation on the hospital’s podium roof.

The other 125kW of panels will be installed on the new energy centre roof this summer, at the rear of the hospital site.

The work forms part of a large scale development by contractor NG Bailey to build a new energy centre on site and replace the electrical infrastructure of the site.

Peter Mitchell, director of estates and facilities at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is a really exciting development for the trust.

“As we plan for the future, it’s important that we look at developing ways of being as energy efficient and environmentally friendly as we can be.

“By the summer we will have a state of the art energy centre which will ensure we are able to continue to provide the very best and safest care to our patients.”

Solar panels capture the sun’s energy and don’t need direct sunlight to work – they can still generate some electricity on a cloudy day.

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