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Turbines plan for hospital roof

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NHS GGC want to site six turbines on the roof of Inverclyde Royal Hospital

Health officials are seeking planning permission to site six wind turbines on the roof of a hospital in Greenock.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC) believes the electricity-generating scheme at Inverclyde Royal Hospital will help reduce its carbon footprint.

The authority is also considering a raft of other measures aimed at cutting energy bills.

These include schemes to recycle rain water and improve the efficiency of hospital boiler systems.

NHS GGC facilities director Alex McIntyre said: "The hospital site in Greenock is ideally suited for wind turbines given that the hospital is high on a hill exposed to fairly constant wind.

"Every little bit helps when it comes to saving energy and although these turbines will not be able to power the hospital, they will go some way to reducing the amount of electricity we need to buy from the national grid."

The planning application will be considered by Inverclyde Council.

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