Norfolk hospital bids to install 1,500 solar panels to save on bills and cut carbon

The James Paget University Hospital, Gorleston. The James Paget University Hospital, Gorleston.

Friday, January 24, 2014
4:20 PM

Almost 1,500 solar panels could be installed at a Norfolk hospital in a bid to keep electricity bills down and cut carbon.

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The James Paget University Hospital (JPH) in Gorleston has submitted a planning application to Great Yarmouth Borough Council.

Managers are seeking permission for 1,444 solar panels which would be mounted on frames around the hospital grounds.

They would be in rows spaced 6m apart to minimise the effect of shadows.

It is understood the scheme would be funded centrally by the Department of Health, which has a multi-million pound national scheme to help energy efficiency projects in the NHS.

A hospital spokesman said it is too early to say how much money could be saved, but the application reveals the proposed system could generate 350kw.

The panels would be 2.2m in height and would be sited at the northern boundary of the JPH grounds, the western boundary and the south west corner.

In the application, the site is described as “bounded to the south by domestic housing with recreational ground to the west.

“There is mature vegetation to the west of the site with allotments further on.

“The hospital is a busy site with many buildings and car parks.”

The energy generated by the proposed panels equates to 308 tonnes of carbon saved per year, the application states.

It adds: “The proposal will therefore contribute significantly towards the regional targets for renewable energy generation.”

A representative from Mosscliff Environmental visited the hospital to evaluate the “landscape character” and identify any potential problems.

They said the area has enough sun light for the system to be viable, and deemed the impact on the look of the surrounding landscape as “low”.

In 2013-14 the Department of Health made £50m of capital available for such schemes, helping to meet the ambitions outlined in the NHS Carbon Reduction Strategy for England (CRS).

The NHS nationally is estimated to have spent £583m on consumed energy in 2011-12.

The JPH’s planning application was lodged on Thursday, January 9 and is now out to consultation.

A decision is expected to be made by the borough council’s planning committee by Friday, April 11.

8 comments

  • About time for our hospitals to bring their running costs down. The NNUH should have installed these, after representation was made during the design stages, on their stainless steel roofs, but they declined to address their £ 90.000 lighting bill per annum.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • whatever they can generate themselves will pay for more treatment, as for the horrendously expensive and exhorbitant car parking fees, they should be reduced by half. What percentage of these extras generated is ploughed back into treatment?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Yet more Greeniot stupidity, only made possible by SUBSIDY. So, now, if you're poor, or in fuel poverty, you'll have a great chance to be even poorer to finance this Green Stupidity. Green Energy=Idiocy, every time!

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    Windless

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • Although I think this a wonderful idea which I fully support, why oh why was this not done before utilising the very large roof area of the hospital.

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    DukDad

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • As an ex-emploYee of the J.P.H. it has been stated by Dukdad to utilise the very large roof area, on a couple of occasions I had to go on there for security reasons and would like to say that there would not be room on the roof as it is already taken up with all other services that supply the hospital. I think that as long as they can make a large saving and then put that saving to the treatment and improvement of care then it is a great idea.

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    loco

    Sunday, January 26, 2014

  • The money for this installation has to come from somewhere, why can't it be spent on improved patient care and facilities? Instead of more eco nonsense.

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    backwoodsman

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • What is idiotic and not green at all, is to install these solar panels as an add on, a second thought. They should have been put on the roofs of every new hospital and they should be of the highest quality, cause peak oil has gone and the oilidiots and throwaway fanatics will just have to lump the facts.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • They will regret doing this. It will give them more problems than its worth in the long term.

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    Johnny Norfolk

    Friday, January 24, 2014

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