Many health facilities across sub-Saharan Africa use diesel backup generators or do without power during blackouts.
Distributed Renewable Energy Systems Are More Resilient
Solar PV and battery storage-based distributed energy resources (DER) are more resilient during crises and are cleaner and more cost-effective either as an alternative to, or supplemented by, diesel generator use where 24/7 power is required.
DER Solutions to Meet Increased Energy Needs within the Next 1-5 Months
The development of a 70–200 kW solar PV capacity and 200–500 kWh lithium-ion battery traditional CI-scale roof-mounted DER system to back up the electrical load or critical electrical needs of a moderate-sized health clinic or small hospital in developed countries takes 10–16 months from initiation to completion.
Hospitals and large urban health clinics connected to the grid with unreliable power can take advantage of solar PV and battery systems supplying backup power when needed and help save on electricity bills.
Rural health clinics receiving limited or no electricity from the grid can use solar PV and battery microgrids, with a small diesel genset where required, to meet all their power needs more cost effectively and cleanly than solely using diesel generators.