Solar panel plan for Sunderland health centre

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HEALTH chiefs are installing solar panels on the roof of a NHS centre.

Work is almost complete on the new Pallion Health Centre next to Sunderland Royal Hospital in Hylton Road.

Now Sunderland Teaching Primary Care Trust has been granted planning permission to install a “solar array” on the roof of the centre to help reduce energy bills and carbon emissions.

Councillors approved proposals to install three separate banks of solar photovoltaic panels – which will generate electricity – on the roof of the centre.

Planners from Sunderland City Council examined the predicted reflections from the panels, which will each measure one metre by 1.65metres and concluded they will not be detrimental to others.

Full planning permission for the health centre was already granted by the council’s Sunderland South development control subcommittee.

Further permission was granted in April to allow for slight changes.

Many private and public buildings in Wearside now feature solar panels as the green energy sector continues to grow.

Housing firm Gentoo is also installing solar panels on many of its new homes.