Royal Berks invests in renewable energyBy Laura McCardle
June 19, 2012
A contract sealing a £3.5 million investment in Royal Berkshire Hospital’s (RBH) carbon management project has been signed, confirming its bid to become a centre for renewable energy.
The work, which is expected to be completed in March 2013, could also see RBH providing electricity for Reading School in Erlegh Road and the London Road campus of Reading University.
Philip Holmes, director of estates and facilities at RBH, met Richard Bent, operations director at energy company Dalkia, to carry out the formalities last month.
The project will see the installation of solar panels, combination heat and power units and bore holes, reducing the hospital’s carbon footprint by 25 per cent. In addition to this, around 60 per cent of the site’s lighting will be changed to use low-energy LED lightbulbs.
Special bore holes will be used to extract heat from the hospital’s North Block so that it can be used in other buildings and a combination heat and power boiler house will be built in Craven Road to act as an on-site electricity generator.
Mr Holmes said: “We’ve spent the last year working very, very hard at selecting the right provider to work with us in our carbon management project.
“Dalkia is investing almost £3.5 million in the hospital which will see us introduce combination heat and power units and generate a significant amount of our own electricity.
“Carbon management is very much about travel, waste, packaging and how we work so as well as doing this important energy project we are also doing lots of other things.
“It’s good for money, it’s good for the environment and it’s good for our patients.”
Richard Bent, operations director at Dalkia, said: “It’s fantastic to be involved with the hospital. It’s a big commitment for Dalkia to help the trust reduce the carbon footprint of the building. We look forward to working with the trust going forward.”