Leeds and York Partnership NHS foundation Trust have painted a brighter future for themselves after installing solar arrays on three of its facilities in the city.

The Trust decided to adopt a greener outlook by actively trying to slash its carbon footprint. As a result, the Trust approached Lancashire-based Solarlec to help design and install three 10kW systems that would sit at its mental health facilities in Middleton, Headingley and Guiseley.

Jason Mitchell, Waste and Environmental Manager at Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said: “Solar PV panels ticked a number of environmental boxes for us and they also offered a very good payback which we have estimated to be in the region of 3 to 4 times the original outlay over a 25-year period – which was obviously very attractive to our finance director!

 “We chose Solarlec after one of the Trust’s non-executive directors used them for an installation at his own home and recommend them to us. They delivered as promised, offering great service and support – I’m now looking forward to receiving our first payment under the feed-in tariff scheme.”

Ged Rowbottom, Director of Solarlec, said: “Renewable energy is a great solution for organisations keen to save money, generate a good income and reduce their carbon footprint – we are installing more and more commercial systems as businesses of all sizes across the UK wise up to the tangible benefits of incorporating solar PV panels into their business energy plans.”