Solar panels installed at Norwich ambulance control room

PUBLISHED: 18:02 25 June 2013 | UPDATED: 18:02 25 June 2013

East of England Ambulance Service's Norwich office in Hellesdon.

East of England Ambulance Service's Norwich office in Hellesdon.

Archant Norfolk

The region's ambulance service has begun generating its own renewable energy by installing solar panels at five of its control rooms.

The East of England Ambulance Service is predicted to save more than £800,000 in electricity bills following the investment, which includes the installation of panels at the NHS trust’s building in Hellesdon, Norwich.

The Conergy panels, which were installed by Photon Energy, are set to deliver cost savings and new revenues of £42,000 a year over 20 years, and cut the trust’s carbon emissions by 103 tonnes a year, according to the manufacturers.

Andy Sanders, head of estates at the ambulance service, said: “Photon Energy’s installations were completed in just five weeks, within budget and with minimum disruption to site users. The quality of the inverters and Conergy panels gives me confidence that this has been an excellent investment for the trust, which will enable us to release finances to support our frontline emergency service.”

The control rooms, which operate 24 hours a day, will be able to generate a predicted 195,000 kilowatt hours of clean solar electricity a year.

Robert Goss, managing director of Conergy UK, added: “The health service has thousands of acres of rooftop which are currently going unused. Solar means NHS organisations can cut their energy bills and benefit from new revenue streams, safeguarding money for front-line services.

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