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06.04.2021, Samson Tsegaye

One of Ethiopia's largest solar systems for a rural hospital

The Ethiopian Solar Energy Foundation has electrified the Rural Primary Hospital in Maji with a 33.6 kWp solar system.

Maji is an old and small town located in the western part of Ethiopia, 760Kms distance from the capital city of Addis Ababa. People in Maji lack the primary infrastructure, electricity, water and even road access. Because of lack of electricity, essential services like medical suffer a lot.

Maji Primary Hospital is the main medical service center for the town. The hospital serves more than 150k people in four woredas’ of West Omo Zone. 62 staff are working for the hospital. But, without electricity, they couldn’t deliver their proper services.

The Hospital main power source was a small diesel generator, which is very complicated, smoky and mostly not active. Maji Development Coalition (MDC), a USA registered International NGO, has already initiated the use of solar home systems in the region in 2019. Now the decision was made to also equip the hospital with solar energy.

Caroline Kurtz, Founder and Director of MDC, managed to collect the funds for electrifying the hospital with solar power. She made an agreement with Stiftung Solarenergie - Solar Energy Foundation Ethiopia (SEF) for the implementation of the project. SEF designed and imported to Ethiopia a 33.6KWP system.

The 33.6 kWp solar power system not only provides reliable lighting, but also powers the medical equipment, such as the Xray machine, Autoclave, Fridges, Laundry Machine and others.

 

 

 

Samson Tsegaye is Country Director of Stiftung Solarenergie - Solar Energy Foundation