Tayside Health Board to spend £15m on energy-efficiency to shave 10% off energy bills

Ninewells HospitalTayside Health Board is to spend £15.4 million on building a new renewable power generator and energy-efficient ‘green’ lightbulbs.

Yet this will shave just 10% off the board’s annual utility bills.

The new energy centre at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee will provide 90% of the power and 100% of the heat for Ninewells, which also houses Tayside Children’s Hospital and Maggie’s Cancer Centre Dundee.

In addition, LED-lighting and insulation will be installed at Perth Royal Infirmary and Stracathro Hospital near Brechin as part of the project.

A 25-year performance contract has been signed with Vital Energi, which was procured under the Carbon Energy Fund (CEF) framework. Vital will be responsible for the design, construction, installation and on-going operation and maintenance of the technology for the duration of that agreement.

Lord Dunlop, a Minister in the UK Government’s Scotland Office, said, that ‘this extremely welcome announcement will make a real difference to the costs of providing energy to hospitals in Tayside”.

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