Green thinking hospice goes solar for cash

solar panel plan at hospice
solar panel plan at hospice
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A Fylde coast hospice is doing its part to help the environment with a brand new green energy project.

Trinity Hospice in Bispham is set to see high-tech solar panels installed on the roof of its Low Moor Road building in November.

Staff at the hospice have been campaigning for money to install solar panels since 2011.

The project will begin on November 6 and is expected to continue for about three weeks.

The electricity generated by the solar panels will save the hospice about £3,000 a year in energy costs and will supplement the existing power supply to the hospice.

The panels are also expected to provide a good source of income for the charity as a result of the extra energy they generate being sold and fed into the grid.

People living in the area were given the chance to have their say during a drop-in event at the hospice.

As a result, the solar panels will be as discreet as possible, coloured black with an anti-glare coating.

Hospice Facilities Manager Simon Hellawell said: “This is a major project for us and one which will save on energy costs and provide another income stream as we will be paid for the energy we generate on site.

“Trinity currently spends about £50,000 a year on electricity and we want a more sustainable and green solution.”

Trinity Hospice and Brian House Children’s Hospice spokeswoman Shirley Morgan said: “The solar panels are something we’ve been campaigning for a long time to save money.

“Every penny counts for us because we’re a charity and we have to raise £5 m a year to keep going. We hope the money we save can help with that even if it’s just a little.”

Hospice staff are now making plans on how to best ensure the comfort of their patients throughout the building process.

Patient locations will be organised in advance so they can be kept as far away as possible from any noisy building work.

Mrs Morgan said: “Our residents won’t even notice the difference. The hospice will still be as warm and cosy and comfortable as ever.”

The Trinity Hospice has provided end of life care to people across Blackpool, Wyre and the Fylde for more than 30 years.

Dedicated staff care for up to 20 adult patients in the main building, as well as up to 15 children in the specialist children’s unit Brian House.