- Total Investment: 22.300€
In 2019, The EKI Foundation has installed a photovoltaic solar system for the Ebomé Hospital in Cameroon, managed by the NGO Ambala from Pamplona. The shipment was made with the important help of the NGO Ayuda Contenedores, also from Pamplona.
The 60 panels supply a large part of the energy demands of the hospital and is one of the largest facilities we have installed to date. In addition, it is also one of the first installations in which lithium batteries have been used, which reduce the space required for its installation, do not require maintenance and allow a more efficient charge and discharge cycle.
In 2021, another upgrade project has been carried out in this hospital located south of Kribi (Southern Province), managed by the NGO Ambala from Pamplona. The improvement in the medical attention that the initial installation made possible led managers to ask for an upgrade. Reinforcement of the electrical part of the installation and addition of an inverter and more solar panels will allow the connection of more loads, broadening their capability for medical care.
- NGO: Ambala
- Service: 24/7 Light and power supply
- Impact: 25.000 patients & 1.200 births per year
- FV Installation: 60 panels (18.3 kW)
- Social impact: Improvement in quality of health services
- Project Situation: In operation
The hospital, located south of Kribi, in the Department of Océan, Southern Province, serves an area with 180.000 inhabitants. In addition, it serves several hundred Bagyeli pygmies (indigenous population), visiting their camps to offer on-site health care and treat the most complicated cases in the hospital for free, including maintenance and transportation. There is also a water well used by both the hospital and the local population.
The Ebomé hospital has two gasoline generators that were used to supply electricity during the continuous electrical cuts, but thanks to the new solar installation they will only be needed as an eceptional backup; in this way, considerable savings in fuel are archieved and the inconvenience generated by the noise and fumes resulting from the operation of the generators is avoided. The electricity bill will aslo be reduced with the generated solar energy.