THE roof of Bronglais Hospital has been covered with solar panels as the health board aims to reduce its carbon footprint.

The panels have been installed on the front house at the hospital, and will eventually generate approximately three per cent of the site’s use.

The panels will generate electricity, which will be fed into the main hospital supply, and reduce the Hywel Dda University Health Board’s reliance on purchasing grid generated electricity

In addition to the panels, the hospital is currently undergoing a process to replace traditional light bulbs with LED bulbs in Blocks 1, 2 and 3. This rollout will be completed by the end of March 2022 and is expected to result in annual costs savings of £5,872. 

Paul Williams, head of property performance at Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “We have always been committed to decarbonisation at our facilities, which is evidenced in the range of energy efficiency, low carbon projects that the health board has delivered over the years. 

“The PV panels and LED lights at Bronglais Hospital are further examples of the steps we’re taking to tackle the Climate Emergency, which was declared by the Welsh Government in 2019, by tapping on alternate, renewable energy sources. 

“Our work however doesn’t end here. Over the next few months, we will continue to share our progress on a variety of planned initiatives to reduce our impact on the environment.”