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Ben Marchant

Chief Operating Officer, 3ti Energy Hubs Ltd

Hospitals can address rising energy costs, NHS budget pressures and the need for EV charging infrastructure with solar car parks. Reduce electricity bills and carbon emissions by generating your own renewable energy onsite.

As a designer, funder, installer and operator of solar car parks (SCPs), 3ti® supports the NHS with solar energy from car parks. It is a low-cost, low-carbon and innovative way to supply buildings and EV charge points with clean solar power, enabling customers to generate their own renewable energy.

Advantages of solar car parks

Integrating local mains electricity with solar power, battery energy storage systems (BESS) and electric vehicle (EV) charge points can provide organisations with reliable, clean energy while offering low-carbon, fast EV charging.

We get businesses and vehicles ‘Driving on Sunshine®‘ by deploying large-scale solar arrays in car parks, on wasteland and rooftops while growing an extensive, reliable EV charging network with our easy-to-install pop-up, mini solar car park, Papilio3®.

A hospital with a car park of 250 spaces could
save up to £250,000 a year on energy costs.

EV charging access and cost savings

With around 50% of UK households unable to charge EVs at home, destination and workplace solar car parks are a cost-effective and accessible charging infrastructure solution. They contribute to achieving net zero emissions targets by 2050 and establish optimised EV charging infrastructure ahead of the ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles.

Hospitals can save around £1,000 annually for every parking space covered with a solar array. A hospital with a car park of 250 spaces could save up to £250,000 a year on energy costs. The car park is already there — hospitals can secure cheaper electricity supply, reduce carbon emissions and provide EV charging infrastructure without any capital expenditure.

Hospitals adopting solar car parks

Eastbourne District General Hospital is the first hospital to install a solar car park with integrated EV charge points in the UK. As high energy users, the hospital will make significant cost and carbon savings by generating its own renewable electricity and reducing reliance on electricity from the national grid. It will produce 1,000MWh of solar-generated electricity annually and lower CO2 emissions by 222 tonnes in the first year.

Raigmore Hospital in Inverness, Scotland is the first hospital to install a Papilio3 pop-up solar car park and EV charging hub, providing hospital users with access to 12 charge points, boosted by renewable energy.

Solar car parks are a win-win: low-cost and low-carbon electricity for the hospital; car park users benefit from shelter and lighting provided by the canopies; staff with EVs can charge at work. These hospitals prove how simple it can be to transform car parks into renewable energy sources and ‘Leave Something Better Behind®’ for future generations.

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