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Thousands of solar panels have been installed at Milton Keynes Hospital to reduce emissions

There are currently over 2,500 solar panels at Milton Keynes Hospital, with there being plans to install even more in the future.

This is part of the NHS' aims to be sustainable in future development and become net carbon zero by the end of the decade.

The newly installed panels have been fitted to roofs at Milton Keynes Hospital in all areas of the estates, producing 853MWh (megawatt hours per year) – this is equivalent to the total power used in a year by 213 average homes.

The areas that have been kitted out include the Treatment Centre, Eaglestone Health Centre and above wards 18 and 20.

Plans are further in place to increase the number of solar panels over the coming years which will see the current installation nearly double and ultimately generate more than 1.5GWh of free electricity from sunshine every year.

Estates Services Manager, Tony Marsh, said: “The installation of new solar panels across the site presented the ideal opportunity for us to improve our energy optimisation. While the new panels will enable us to produce more electricity on-site, we further used this as a chance to upgrade the roofing so that it is future-proofed and more effectively insulated – reducing the energy required for heating and cooling these buildings.

“Solar energy is a fantastic way to successfully generate electricity which we are able to use throughout the year so that our patients are able to be seen and treated in a comfortable and secure environment.”