RD&E NHS Trust to deploy energy technology from Centrica

Centrica Business Solutions to deliver state-of-the-art energy technology to RD&E NHS trust in Exeter.Image: Centrica Business Solutions to deliver state-of-the-art energy technology to RD&E NHS Trust in Exeter. Photo: courtesy of Centrica plc.

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) will invest £7m in a new energy technology to be delivered by Centrica Business Solutions, which is aimed at reducing the trust’s energy costs by 17%.

The energy technology from the Centrica subsidiary, which will be installed at five sites of the NHS trust across Exeter, will help the RD&E to bring down its energy costs by £800,000 a year.

According to Centrica, design and construction for the project are expected to be wrapped up by the end of April 2020. Under the scope of the project, Centrica Business Solutions will be installing a new 1.5MW combined heat and power unit that will produce power onsite at Wonford Hospital, and also roof-mounted solar panels at Wonford and Heavitree Hospitals and Mardon Neuro-Rehabilitation Centre located in Exeter.

Centrica said that Heavitree and Wonford Hospitals will also benefit from new LED light fittings and improvements to the air-conditioning systems. Mardon Neuro-Rehabilitation Centre will benefit from the installation of new energy-efficient boilers.

RD&E strategic capital planning deputy director Robert Steele said: “As a major hospital providing round-the-clock services, we consume large amounts of energy so we’re committed to a range of measures to help us continually improve energy efficiency.

“This initiative with Centrica is a major part of our approach to reduce the amount of money we spend on energy and utilities, releasing more funds to invest in frontline patient care and other vital functions. At the same time, reducing our energy consumption helps reduce our environmental impact.”

Upon completion of the project, the annual emissions from the RD&E facilities are expected to be offset by more than 2,200 tonnes of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to taking off more than 1,450 cars from the road.

Centrica Business Solutions healthcare solutions business development head Tony Orton said: “The energy infrastructure improvement project will deliver a huge saving for the Trust as well as contributing significantly towards its carbon reduction targets.

“Our analysis shows that if this approach was replicated across just half of the NHS estate it would save more than £130 million a year, money that can be reinvested in frontline services.”