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GIB funds CHP plant for NHS trust

The Green Investment Bank (GIB) is backing a programme of energy saving measures at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust that includes a new combined heat and power (CHP) engine.

The GIB and financial solutions partner DLL have committed a total of £6.9m from a joint £50m NHS energy efficiency fund established in 2014.

Salford Royal’s energy centre will undergo a full refresh, including the installation of a new 2.5MW CHP plant. A series of energy reduction measures will also be installed such as LED lighting and the optimisation of the building management system.

Design, construction, installation and management of the scheme will be carried out by Vital Energi under a 15-year contract.

The project, which is due for completion by the end of 2016, is expected to cut the cost of energy to the Trust by £1.9m per year.

Mike Dance, estates manager for the trust, said: “We will upgrade a key part of our energy infrastructure while at the same time reducing our carbon emissions and saving money.”

Ed Northam, head of the GIB’s investment banking, said: “The NHS is one of the UK’s biggest energy consumers and upgrading existing technology will increase the reliability and resilience of its entire estate.

”This programme of energy efficient improvements will save energy, cut costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions without impinging on patient care.”

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