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Rowley Regis Hospital, West Midlands


Quick Facts

Sector: Public Sector
Project: NHS Trust
Location: Birmingham
Technology: Solar PV
Energy Outpu: 42,604kWh/yr
Carbon Saving: 20 tonnes CO2 per year

The Project

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust (SWBH) has an ongoing commitment to improve its environmental impact, energy reduction programme and sustainable development.  As a member of both the Carbon Reduction Commitment and European Union Emission Trading Scheme, its carbon emissions are closely monitored.  With a revised carbon reduction target of 15% by 2016/17, the introduction of solar PV on key Estates’ property was high on the agenda.

Following a successful installation at the Trust’s Birmingham Midland Eye Centre, TGE Group was invited to tender for the installation of solar PV at Rowley Regis Hospital and was awarded the contract.

The Solution

TGE Group conducted a detailed survey at this busy West Midlands hospital and completed the design and installation of a 50kWp system split between three south west/south east facing, concrete tile roof pitches on the main hospital building.  In addition to the standard installation, TGE Group installed a monitoring system and public display unit showing energy generated and carbon savings.  

The installation team provided staff training, which will be repeated after five years, supported by a five year service contract. Minimal disruption to patients and staff was successfully achieved through careful liaison with hospital staff.

Stephen Davies, TGE Group Director said: “Renewable energy works well in hospitals in meeting emission targets and reducing operating costs. It also generates considerable interest and demonstrates an environmental commitment to the wider community. Each hospital we visit has different requirements and we offer several different financing models depending on whether funding is available.”

Energy Saving

The system was linked to the hospital grid, with all electricity expected to be used on site, generating an income and savings of £8,300 per year on electricity bills, a return of 13% and payback of under 7 years.  The installation will reduce the Trust’s carbon footprint by 350 tonnes over the 20 year FiT contract.