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Local photovoltaic panel installers will be benefiting from new work for the NHS

LOCAL photovoltaic panel installers will be benefiting from new work for the NHS following a GreenTech Business Network event held just a few weeks ago. NHS Nottingham City is spending £160,000 to install 180 new PV panels on the roofs of five health centres across Nottingham, adding to the panels which are already on health centres in Sherwood, Sherwood Rise and The Meadows. Electricity from the panels will save on NHS energy bills and provide the NHS with an additional income through the Feed-in Tariffs scheme. The awarding of contracts to local PV installers follows a GBN event in December which discussed procurement opportunities for renewable energy in the public sector. One of the speakers was Sultan Anibaba, head of estates and facilities management at NHS Nottingham City, who contacted GBN after the event requesting a list of local PV installers. Bids for the installation of the 180 230 watt panels were invited, with the successful company due to begin work immediately. “It’s part of the NHS sustainability strategy,” says Mr Anibaba. “This will save on the electricity we use, which is the energy we consume most, so having electricity from solar is very attractive because it will reduce our energy costs. We will also get an income from the Feed-in Tariff scheme, which gives a payback time of around ten years.” The other speakers at the December event were Jerome Baddley, sustainable energy development manager at Nottingham Energy Partnership; Kevin Hard, managing director of one of Britain’s most successful PV supply and installation companies, EvoEnergy, and Gail Scholes, head of sustainability and climate change at Nottingham City Council.

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