Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn has its very own windmill which is expected to help reduce energy bills.
It will generate 1.2 million kWh of green electricity every year, equivalent to powering around 300 homes in the UK and saving nearly 500 tonnes of CO2 annually.
The project is a partnership with green electricity provider Ecotricity, which will operate it for its anticipated 25-year lifetime.
Local residents are also expected to benefit through a community fund worth £1,000 – available for each year of the windmill’s operation – and is now open to applications.
Through a so-called ‘Energy Partnership’ between the two organisations, the hospital will buy the electricity generated at a 20% discount rate.
Ecotricity Founder Dale Vince said: “Energy Partnerships are about working with our customers to make energy where they use it and sharing the benefits of green energy with them.
“Making energy where it’s used is the most efficient way; avoiding the losses and costs of transportation, it’s part of a 21st century approach to making and using energy – it means lower bills and emissions, but it’s also about democratising and decentralising the energy market in Britain.”