306 solar panels have been installed over wings 4 and 5 at St Catherine’s Health Centre. The solar panels will generate an estimated 84,607kWh a year – enough to power 21 houses for a year! This clean energy generation will help avoid 27.9 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year, which is the equivalent of planting over 130 trees.
Prior to the installation of the panels, St. Catherine’s bought around 121,000kWh of energy per year from the grid. The new system will now meet most of this requirement, at a cost per unit that is nearly 60% lower in price, saving the Trust money and helping to tackle climate change.
There will be times when the solar generation exceeds our consumption eg summer weekends when generation is high and our consumption is lower. The excess solar electricity can be sold to the grid, and can potentially provide income to the Trust of over £425,000 over the first 25 years.