Analysis from the Royal Wolverhampton NHS trust reckons the move could save £15m to £20m over the next 20 years – money which will be put back into frontline healthcare. Proposals for a giant solar farm have been approved in Wolverhampton. The site will be cabled directly to New Cross Hospital. Hospital bosses believe the scheme will save the trust millions of pounds in energy bills in the coming years and plan to spend the money on frontline services instead. Construction of the solar farm is due to begin this autumn, with completion as early as spring next year.
Planning images show solar panels stretched across a former landfill site the size of 21 football pitches. The idea to turn the former tip into a solar farm began at the council in Wolverhampton. “It’s toxic land, we can’t build on here, we’d never be able to do anything and we had some issues with fly tipping” says councillor Steve Evans.