The new solar array comprises over 2,412 solar panels across eight canopies that cover 400 car parking spaces. As high energy users, the hospital will make significant savings by generating its own renewable electricity on-site, and reduce the hospital's reliance on electricity from the national grid.
The new SCP also provides 10 solar-powered EV charge points for staff use. By covering the car parking areas the solar canopies also provide shelter from the elements and give enhanced security with overhead lighting.
The SCP is part of the £27m energy management contract with Veolia to upgrade Eastbourne District General Hospital, and deliver several energy upgrades and target carbon savings of 4,129 tons per year.
With funding provided through the Public Sector Decarbonization Scheme for affordable, low carbon energy efficiency upgrades across the public sector, the scheme is one of the first to take a whole building approach that accounts for how facilities and the energy delivery systems interact with each other, while maintaining an indoor environment that enhances patient care.
Chris Hodgson, Director of Estates and Facilities at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, said,"The completion of the new solar array is another significant step on our journey to net zero. The solar farm alongside other improvements, including new insulation and heat pumps, at Eastbourne DGH will lead to a significant reduction in the use of energy across the site which will be a key part of our work to provide sustainable healthcare."
Commenting on this latest development, John Abraham, Chief Operating Officer - Veolia UK & Ireland - Industrial, Water & Energy said, "By using the areas above the car park this latest project is an excellent example of how we can transform the space above ground level to deliver renewable energy. This further contributes to the NHS decarbonization program by reducing emissions, builds energy security for the hospital, and improves energy cost savings."
Tim Evans, Founder & CEO at 3ti added, "This project is a win-win for all parties: the SCP provides low-cost and low-carbon electricity for the hospital, car park users benefit from the cover and lighting provided by the canopies, and staff with EVs can charge their cars while at work."