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Bradford hospital goes eco

NHS hospital calls leading renewable energy firm to turn them solar

Bradford Royal Infirmary is dramatically improving its carbon footprint with the help of a leading renewable energy firm.

The busy hospital brought in Eco Environments, which has an office in Leeds, to handle the installation of almost 200 solar panels.

The two-part project saw a 38kWp installation comprising 158 Hyundai panels and a further 10kWp installation made up of 40 panels installed at Bradford Hospital. The combined installation will enable the hospital to save more than 22,000kg in C02 emissions annually and reduce its electricity bill by almost £3,000 a year.

The hospital, part of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is one of a number of hospitals across the UK committing to renewable energy and energy efficiency schemes.

Earlier this year, Eco Environments installed a 50kWp array at Ilkeston Hospital in Derbyshire and has a number of similar projects lined up in other parts of England and Wales.

Chris Acton, Eco Environments’ Commercial Business Development Manager, said: “There is no question that a growing number of hospital trusts are seriously considering renewable energy and energy efficiency schemes.

“Projects like Bradford Hospital’s can not only help a trust meet its environmental targets but also help save significant amounts of money at a time when public spending is under massive scrutiny.

“We are already talking to Bradford about a second installation and will also be undertaking other projects in the NHS during the coming months.”

Eco Environments, which also has offices in Liverpool, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Carlisle and North Wales, provides commercial and domestic customers with a comprehensive range of renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions.

Last year the 50-strong company turned over £6.4million, an increase of more than £5million on the previous year.

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