The increasing popularity and acceptance of solar energy as an alternative source of energy makes it an attractive option when it comes to powering a hospital. As well as being an environmentally friendly choice, it can be extremely helpful as a backup option at times of power shortages. Solar panels produce electricity without pollution or emissions and can last as long as 25 years which makes them a valuable investment. The world’s largest solar power hospital in Haiti is a shining example of how solar power can make a massive difference when it comes to running a hospital. According to a Guardian report, its 1,800 rooftop solar panels have generated enough energy to charge more than 19,000 electric cars, run six surgical suites, attend to 60,029 patients and safely deliver more than 800 babies.
The Shahid Afridi Foundation has launched an appeal to raise funds for a Solar Energy Kit which will produce 20kVA of electricity to provide energy at the Sahibzada Fazal Rehman Memorial and Charity Hospital in Kohat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The hospital offers free treatment to individuals from underprivileged backgrounds and operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Staff at the hospital must deal with electricity shortages on a regular basis which makes it difficult for them to provide adequate medical care and treatment. The difficult situation demands investment in additional and alternative sources of energy. The Shahid Afridi Foundation is keen to invest in solar energy to ensure that patients at the Kohat hospital can receive the quality of care they deserve. The investment will help to save precious lives as the energy generated will help to run the X-ray scanning machine, the delivery suite and the Accident & Emergency ward. The total cost of installing the solar system will be just under 30,000 US dollars (the breakdown of costs is shown in the table below). The Solar Energy Kit appeal demonstrates that Shahid Afridi Foundation is always ready to consider alternative solutions and keen to invest in new technologies so that it can successfully deliver the highest level of support to the people who deserve it the most.
The system is assembled and installed by Haier Pakistan in advance without full payment; as of 8th December 2015, we are still raising the funds for this cause until we reach 100% target.