Makueni Hospital in Kenya Installs Solar Panels, Expects to Save Millions Annually

Makueni County Referral Hospital in Kenya saves $60,000 annually by installing 200kW solar panels, showcasing renewable energy's potential to reduce costs and enhance service reliability.

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Makueni Hospital in Kenya Installs Solar Panels, Expects to Save Millions Annually

Makueni Hospital in Kenya Installs Solar Panels, Expects to Save Millions Annually

Makueni County Referral Hospital in Kenya is set to save Ksh.7 million (approximately $60,000) annually after installing 200 kilowatt solar power panels. The solar project is a result of a partnership between the County Government of Makueni and the UK-Partnership for Accelerating Climate Transitions (UK PACT), supported by the British Government.

The installation will enable the hospital to rely 100% on solar energy, ensuring a reliable power supply to serve the community effectively. The hospital's monthly electricity bill, which previously amounted to Ksh. 2 million, will be significantly reduced thanks to the transition to solar power.

During a visit to the hospital, Daniel Wilcox, the Economic Consular at the British High Commission in Kenya, stated that the UK is committed to tackling joint environmental and climate change issues. He emphasized the UK's support for counties like Makueni in promoting innovative renewable energy technologies and transitioning from grid-powered to solar systems.

The UK PACT team also toured other parts of Makueni County to showcase the growing partnership between the UK and the Makueni County Government in advancing sustainable energy planning and nature-based solutions to combat climate change. They interacted with farmers who are serving as Trainers-of-Trainers on forest and land restoration, observing water conservation efforts and community tree-planting initiatives.

Why this matters: The successful implementation of solar power at Makueni County Referral Hospital demonstrates the potential for renewable energy to significantly reduce operational costs and enhance the reliability of essential services in Kenya. This project serves as a model for other healthcare facilities and institutions seeking to adopt sustainable energy solutions and contribute to the fight against climate change.

Makueni County Governor Mutula Kilonzo Junior expressed the county's dedication to renewable energy and nature-based solutions, including plans to establish a County Energy Center. Over 1000 beneficiaries have received training on forest and land restoration, demonstrating the tangible impact of collaborative efforts in addressing climate change at the grassroots level. "The visit by the UK PACT team to Makueni County also demonstrated the growing partnership between the UK and Makueni County Government on progressing sustainable energy planning and advancing nature-based solutions to climate change," stated a representative from the UK PACT team.

Key Takeaways

  • Makueni hospital to save $60,000 yearly with 200kW solar panels
  • Solar project is a partnership between Makueni and UK PACT, backed by UK
  • Hospital's monthly electricity bill reduced from $17,000 to zero
  • UK supports Makueni's renewable energy and climate change initiatives
  • Makueni plans to establish a County Energy Center for sustainability