St Richards Hospice
Facts and Figures
Client – St Richards Hospice
System Size – 100 KWp
Generation Per Annum – 83,500 KWh
Expected Payback Period – 4 Years
Carbon Savings – 375 Tonnes over 20 Years
The hospice has taken advantage of a government scheme to install the renewable energy technology, which will help reduce its environmental impact and save money.
Energy generated by the solar panels, which will only be visible from the rear of the building, will power the Wildwood Drive-based hospice but any surplus energy goes to the national grid, in exchange for feed in tariff payments.
It is hoped the hospice will benefit significantly from the addition of the panels – around £40,000 per year.
The hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-threatening illnesses and supports their families. As an independent charity it also relies on voluntary donations every year.
“Our thanks go to Energy Gain UK for their donation of the unit. The solar plant itself provides a wonderful platform for research and development, and learning. The company’s support in our ambition for Thornton and the Energy Centre is another example of how the University of Chester is working with industry to allow business innovation and development to happen.”