Local energy co-operative Community Energy Warwickshire has financed its second solar PV project, combining with Eco2Solar to install a 50kWp solar array on Warwick Hospital.

The system on Warwick Hospital comprises 204 solar modules that are expected to produce more than 40,000kWh – equivalent to the annual electricity use of 12 average households. All the electricity produced from the solar panels will be consumed on site, dramatically reducing the hospital’s utility costs and carbon footprint.

Paul Hutchens, managing director of Eco2Solar, said: “It has been a pleasure to work with Community Energy Warwickshire and South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust in completing both phases of the installation and to be part of this innovative scheme  – the first community energy project to be installed at an NHS site.

“Eco2Solar will continue to support Community Energy Warwickshire in its mission to ensure renewable energy plays an important role in their local area.”

Community Energy Warwickshire, which launched in October, is just £5,000 shy of its £115,000 target.

Keith Sinfield, the Chair of Community Energy Warwickshire, said: “The fantastic response from local people in helping us to raise the money has ensured that we have been able to press ahead with this project despite the uncertainties caused by the Government’s proposals for cuts in feed-in tariff support for solar energy. 

“We look forward to continuing our partnership with South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust by helping Trust staff to save energy and cut fuel bills – at home and at work.”