HUDDERSFIELD Royal Infirmary has stepped up its bid to go greener.
Eighteen new solar panels have been added to the hospital’s roof as part of its rolling programme of carbon reduction initiatives.
The photo-voltaic cells have been installed on the highest roof above one of the main ward blocks.
They are the second set of panels to be added to the hospital following the successful introduction of 15 panels on the dining room roof two years ago.
Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, which manages HRI, has pledged to cut its carbon footprint in line with NHS guidelines by 15% by 2010 and producing energy this way will contribute to its commitment.
The solar panels convert daylight into energy which is used to offset the hospital’s energy bills.
Frank Gibbons, the Trust’s director of estates and facilities, said: “Carbon reduction is embedded into all designs and major developments, the replacement of roof coverings is no exception.
“This was a major job and if energy efficient cells can be installed as part of that process, we will do so to improve our energy performance and reduce our carbon emission levels.
“We intend, at every opportunity, to upgrade and go greener at the same time.”