Leeds Teaching Hospitals moves closer to achieving net zero objectives with innovative solar canopy installation

Leeds, 2 November 2023 - Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) has taken a big step forward to achieving its net-zero targets with the installation of a cutting-edge solar photovoltaic canopy over the car park of its Wharfedale Hospital site.

This £1.1 million project will provide sustainable solar power to the hospital, reducing its reliance on conventional energy sources and, in turn, lowering the Trust’s carbon footprint.

The 617 solar panels will reduce carbon emissions by 43.7 tonnes per year and save the Trust £75,000 annually. The electricity generated will reduce the use of grid electricity by 15%, which is equivalent to powering 60 UK households.

Craige Richardson, Director of Estates and Facilities at LTHT, said: ‘The solar canopy at the Wharfedale site exemplifies the Trust’s dedication to both environmental sustainability and the health and well-being of the communities we serve. It’s a real positive that the power required to run Wharfedale Hospital will be partly supplied by green energy, especially as the energy demands for the site will increase with the opening of a permanent Elective Care Hub.’

This investment is part of the Trust’s long-term plans to develop services at Wharfedale Hospital, which also includes a proposed £15m Elective Care Hub. This hub will include two new theatres, a recovery area, admissions and discharge area alongside making an existing ward operational overnight.

The Trust has been at the forefront of investing in energy-efficient projects, with an impressive commitment of over £22 million.

These projects, including the canopy, have been made possible through successful bids for the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme Government funding.

The range of initiatives implemented by the Trust includes the installation of heat pumps and state-of-the-art LED lighting, building fabric upgrades, and connections to Leeds PIPES, a low-carbon district heating network.

Reid Cunningham, Business Development Director – Energy at BAM, said: ‘BAM has provided facilities management services at Wharfedale Hospital since 2004 and we’re delighted to have delivered this innovative solar canopy installation that will reduce the hospital’s carbon emissions by 43.7 tonnes per year. Installing the solar canopies above the hospital car park is a fantastic way of harnessing the untapped potential of this space, so that it not only provides a place for staff and patients to park, but also provides clean, renewable energy for the building.’

Eilidh Paffett, Project Director at Invesis, said: ‘In partnership with the Trust and BAM FM we were able to develop an innovative technical solution which overcame a number of challenges with funding, design, logistics and program, to assist the Trust in delivering their sustainability and net-zero ambitions. Successfully bringing this project to fruition is testament to the ongoing excellent working relationships between Invesis, BAM FM and the Trust.’

Over the past decade, the Trust has demonstrated its unwavering dedication to reducing its carbon emissions, resulting in a remarkable 34% reduction and they remain firmly on track to meet the NHS’s ambitious net-zero target by 2040.

Mila Lopez Simon, Managing Director, UK&I at Invesis, said: ‘We are proud to have supported the Trust in delivering the solar photovoltaic canopy. As investor developers, we will continue to support the Trust by fostering positive, collaborative relationships and through the efficient delivery of future variations and management services, which will play a role in helping the Trust achieve their long-term net zero objectives.’

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Leeds Teaching Hospitals moves closer to achieving net zero objectives with innovative solar canopy installation