The International Vision Volunteers Clinic is right next door to the Zimba Mission Hospital in Zambia. The success of that project prompted them to contact me about doing the same type of project for their clinic.
The last piece of the OFF GRID solar power project at Zimba Hospital was to rewire the power distribution panel to include the Maternity, Neonatal, and administration buildings.
We just completed the installation 40 KW of solar power at Zimba Mission Hospital. Even though the Electrical Power From ZESCO the local utility has been fairly stable recently, last year they had rolling outages for 8 hours a day at different times of the day. They were struggling to pay the diesel fuel bill to continue to run the hospital. The hospital serves the population of about 50 miles radius. The solar system allow the hospital to run off grid except for 2 hours during the night insuring clean reliable power during the day.
Zimba Hospital is a small but very busy rural hospital along the main highway running through the center of Zambia. The electrical power delivered by the national utility is sporadic and the cost of diesel fuel is expensive and at times difficult to purchase and have delivered. We are installing 24 KW of battery backup and 40 KW of solar arrays to power the hospital.