Solar powered hospitals – mission accomplished!

Members of Community Energy Warwickshire will be meeting senior officials from South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust and local MP Chris White on Saturday 24 March to celebrate the completion of Community Energy Warwickshire’s solar powered hospitals scheme.

Trust Chair Graham Murrell and Trust Chief Executive Glen Burley will be among those seeing the new installation of 50 kWp of solar panels on the roof of Avon and Farries Ward at Warwick Hospital, which was commissioned at the beginning of February. The Warwick system followed the installation of a 10 kWp solar panel array at Stratford upon Avon Hospital in early December 2011.

Funds for the scheme were raised through the subscription of over £100,000 of capital by shareholders in Community Energy Warwickshire. Shareholders, many of whom live in south Warwickshire, have also been invited to the celebrations.

The commissioning of the solar panels at Warwick Hospital does not mark the end of the partnership between Community Energy Warwickshire and South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust. Community Energy Warwickshire will be working with the Trust to encourage energy efficiency improvements at the hospitals – beginning with the offer of Community Energy Warwickshire’s Energy Savers scheme to all Trust staff.