Roof-mounted Solar Panel Installation
Since the autumn of 2015 Staffordshire Community Energy has worked closely with the UHNM NHS Trust to develop an innovative project to reduce their hospitals’ carbon emissions and energy costs, help patients suffering from respiratory problems and alleviate stress on the NHS. In September 2016 we installed 1,000 solar panels on 8 of the Trust’s buildings at Royal Stoke and Stafford County hospitals, in providing low cost solar power to the hospital.
Annual surpluses for the project are invested in Beat the Cold, a local fuel poverty charity, with the aim of supporting local residents and reducing the chances that vulnerable residents are admitted to hospital. Over 500 hospital patients have now been given advice and assistance on reducing their energy costs, obtaining new boilers and other improvements, increasing warmth, reducing fuel debts and accessing benefits that are available to them.
Lorraine Whitehead, UHNM Director of Estates, Facilities and PFI, said:
“I am really proud of our Sustainability and Transformation Team in forging the successful partnership with Beat the Cold, SSCE and investors and our clinical teams for all their support in making this happen at UHNM.
“This is a fantastic scheme making such a difference to the lives of our most vulnerable elderly and respiratory patients.
“My congratulations and thanks go to all and wouldn’t it be great to see it adopted more widely across the NHS.”
University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust
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