SunFarmer Nepal Pvt. Ltd: Accham Health Post
SunFarmer installed its first renewable-powered electricity systems in six health facility of Accham district of Nepal. Accham is one of the remotest district of Nepal where the regional Bayalpata Hospital is not easily accessible by the road and patient have to walk for hours to get better treatment.
Lungra Health Clinic was the first official SunFarmer's solar installation. Travel from Lungra to the regional Bayalpata Hospital requires a 2 hour off-road drive or a 4 hour walk (no public transportation available).
SunFarmer in collaboration with Possible Health has installed the solar at 13 health posts across Achham. Solar is one of the main sources of electricity for most of these health posts. Each system costs between $6,000 and $7,000 and has a generating capacity of 2 kilowatts.
What problem are you trying to solve? Who has this problem?
In the absence of reliable source of grid energy, hospitals depends on conventional, non-renewable energy sources like oil, coal etc. which contributes disproportionately to the emission of GHG, driving climate change and impacting public health from air pollution. Unavailability and increase in cost of the fuel adds extra burden to the health facility.
"Previously, delivery was difficult using flashlights held in the mouth, as they could neither see clearly nor could give instructions. On various incidents while giving instructions the flashlight broke as it fell out of the mouth. Due to poor lighting there were many cases where the amniotic fluid was all over their bodies."
– Lungra Health Clinic Director
SunFarmer Nepal has a highly motivated team of best solar engineers and support staff who develop an innovative technology with affordable and accessible financial model. We identify the areas where an intervention with solar could provide a significant upgrade to the health facilities, design best PV system with affordable financing through power purchase agreement (PPA).
Now the participating health facilities are able to reduce their reliance on diesel-powered generators, which are expensive to run and damaging to the environment. Our systems will provide power for more than just lights. We provide power for medical equipment such as oxygen machines, suction machines and vaccine machines.
Reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 40 Tonnes of Carbon Dioxide per year.
Creates 65 new jobs during the lifetime on the project.
Improves the health conditions of 38,754 people.
Out of the total number of beneficiaries of the project, 23,000 are women.
For most of our health post, the secondary source of power is mostly diesel generators. With reliable solar energy, there is a drastic reduction of air and noise pollution.