- Total Investment: 9,000 €
- Annual Cost of Energy: 450 €
In collaboration with the Benedictine Monastery of Mambre, and specifically Father Clement, we have financed, supplied, and installed a photovoltaic solar system for the Mambre Maternity and Health Center, located in the outskirts of Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- NGO; Benedictine Monastery of Mambre (ADIM)
- Service: 24/7 Lighting and electrical supply
- Impact: 2,000 people and 400 mother attended annually
- FV Installation: 9 panels (2,43 kW)
- Social Impact: Improvement in Sanitation and quality of service
- Project Situation: Completed and in full operation
Previous Situation; The center was connected to a very unstable electrical grid that has weeklong blackouts. They used a small generator that only reached the health center and not the maternity, that was frequently used to assure that the blood bank and medicines were not damaged during the extended electrical blackouts.
In this humble community where many people live in extreme poverty,without access to safe drinking water and sanitation. The Center provides medical assistance aswell as a pharmacy. They lacked a stable electrical supply, so a reliable electrical energy source was necessary for the medical instruments, lighting during nocturnal delivieries, and to maintain the medicines and blood bank fresh during the frequent and prolonged electrical grid blackouts.
On the 28th of March 2018, the EKI Foundation with a competent local team commissioned the photovoltaic installation, that begun to supply reliable solar energy to the Mambre Center. The system consists of 9 photovoltaic modules of 270 Wp each (2.43 kW total), 12 batteries of 850 Ah/2V, 3 kW inverter, and all the necessary electrical equipment, as well as the substitution of the lighting for LED bulbs. The batteries and modules where supplied by the local company GoShop.
The success of the financing, supply and commissioning of the installation was posible thanks to the collaboration of Father Clement, who directs the Benedictine Monastery of Mambre. The monastery also includes a Kindergarten, Elementary/Middle school, and Highschool with more than 1000 students, as well as an orphanage, bakery and other social activities.