Making money when the sun shines

Willen Hospice in Milton Keynes is benefiting from solar power thanks to an initiative from Conergy, one of the world's largest solar technology companies, and support from SMA Solar UK and local firm FSG Energy
Willen Hospice in Milton Keynes is benefiting from solar power thanks to an initiative from Conergy, one of the world's largest solar technology companies, and support from SMA Solar UK and local firm FSG Energy
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Three renewable energy firms based in the new city have rallied round to help a Milton Keynes hospice make money from the sun.

Conergy, based in South Row, designed and donated a 4kW solar power system that now sits on the roof of Willen Hospice.

SMA Solar UK, in the aptly named Sunrise Parkway, Linford Wood, and FSG Energy, in Third Avenue, Denbigh West, also supported the scheme.

Every time the sun shines and light is turned to electricity, the hospice saves on energy bills and/or sells power to the grid.

Conergy UK MD Robert Goss said: “Willen Hospice is well-regarded for the services it provides to their patients and families, so we really wanted to contribute to their success. The solar panels will cover some of the hospice’s daytime energy needs, and provide 20 years of new revenues from the government’s feed in tariffs.”

Willen Hospice chief executive Paul Hinson said: “We are thrilled with the new solar roof which has been so generously donated by Conergy, SMA and FSG Energy. It will provide us with a reduced cost, sustainable energy source, allowing our patients, loved ones and Willen Hospice staff to benefit from the ongoing source of revenue”.

Conergy also helped the charity through the planning process, as the installation needed to be kept out of sight, since part of the Hospice is Grade II listed and lies within a conservation area.

SMA Solar UK provided the inverter and monitoring device, and FSG Energy installed the 4kW system, which is expected to produce around 3,700 units of electricity per year, saving just under 40 tons of CO2 over 20 years.