Hywel Dda UHB installs its first solar farm

HYWEL Dda University Health Board’s (UHB) first solar farm has been installed at Hafan Derwen, located on the Parc Dewi Sant site.

The 1,098 panels have been installed on an area covering just over one acre. The 450 KW solar farm scheme aims to deliver on-site generated
electricity directly to the Hafan Derwen site, which is estimated to
lead to an annual carbon savings of 120.43tCo2e, along with financial

The surrounding land is being developed to enhance biodiversity
providing an area for staff to rest and relax while surrounded by
wildlife which will have a positive impact on how staff perceive their
workplace and offer a respite from a busy working environment.

Paul Williams, head of property performance at Hywel Dda UHB, said: “We
are pleased to announce that the solar farm installation work is nearing
completion at Hafan Derwen site and it is set to be operational later
this summer. The solar project is one of the initiatives aimed at
reducing our carbon footprint. The project will generate an on-site
renewable energy and also create a greener, environment friendly space
for staff with the planned bio-diversity park.

“This is yet another positive step in the direction of tapping on and
exploring environment friendly, energy efficient solutions across health
board sites.”

The solar farm project is part of the health board’s decarbonisation
initiative. This is one of the many steps the health board is taking
towards addressing the climate emergency.

In the last few years, roof mounted photovoltaic panels have been
installed at nine sites across Hywel Dda, including at Amman Valley
Hospital, Bro Cerwyn, Bronglais Hospital, Withybush Hospital, Milford
Haven Health Centre, Pembroke Dock Health Centre, South Pembrokeshire
Hospital, Llandovery and Cardigan Integrated Care Centres. In total,
these schemes are estimated to save approximately 622,763 Kwh of
electricity. Annual carbon savings from these projects are expected to
be approximately 153 tCO2e.

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