Medical centre prescribes savings with a roof full of solar
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 09:45

A MEDICAL centre in Somerset has installed more solar panels onto its roof this month (December, 2012) to help save on its energy bills and maintain patient care.

East Quay Medical Centre in Bridgwater chose specialist solar technology company, Solar Systems to cover its roof with additional solar panels to help them to save money.

Rachel Stark, Practice Manager at the East Quay Group, said: "We decided to install solar panels for two reasons. Firstly we wanted to help reduce our carbon emissions and become more energy efficient and secondly because of the financial benefit.

"At a time when public service funding is being squeezed we needed to look for other sources of income to ensure we can maintain our high standards of patient care. The solar panels provide additional income, as well as saving on our fuel bills.

"We had our first set of solar panels installed 20 months ago and have recently decided to install additional panels so we have the maximum number that can fit onto our roof.

"We were very keen to see how well the panels performed and whether the projections materialised. I am pleased to say they were spot-on, despite the poor weather during the past year.

"We decided to use Solar Systems again because the staff are reliable, offer a comprehensive service and provide easy to understand information. They're also a local company and that is important to us."

Solar Systems is a specialist in solar technologies. The company has a wealth of experience in the design and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) and thermal panels for homeowners, businesses and landowners across the South West.

Phil Grabham, Managing Director of Solar Systems, explained: "We're delighted to have been asked to install more solar panels onto the roof at East Quay Medical Centre and are glad they're achieving their projected financial returns.

"Many business owners are unaware of the savings that could be made by installing solar panels and in the current economic climate they can be a great option."

During recent months the cost of solar panels has dropped, giving a financial return on investment of above 16%, index-linked and guaranteed for 20 years.

Phil added: "The electricity generated is free and the Government's Feed In Tariff pays for each unit that is produced. Any surplus electricity will get exported back to the grid for an additional sum.

"Solar PV panels do not require direct sunlight to work. Even on a cloudy day electricity will be generated, which is a plus considering the unpredictable weather in the UK."

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