The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) recently announced that it has commissioned Eltek, a Norwegian energy company, to provide solar power to 104 hospitals across Zimbabwe.
Speaking of the agreement with UNDP, Morten Schøyen, Eltek’s Chief Marketing Officer, said “This contract represents a new and exciting area for Eltek and our technology.” He added that “It makes us proud to work together with UNDP and to contribute to improved health care and reduced operational cost, by providing pure and reliable renewable energy.”
Eltek is now responsible for the full delivery, installation, service and monitoring of the photo voltaic solar systems on all the rural hospitals across Zimbabwe. The installations will make use of Eltek’s “Breakthrough Rectiverter technology [which] combines the functions of a rectifier and an inverter” and will help these hospitals to remain lit up and keep their medical machinery running. The solar panels will have a modular design which can be easily adapted according to different challenges and requirements faced in the field.
The project is sponsored and supported by the UNDP which “Works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion.” It is responsible for helping countries build and share solutions in three main areas – sustainable development, democratic governance and peacebuilding and climate and disaster resilience – and the partnership with Eltek helps address the first of these areas.
The installation of solar panels on hospitals across Zimbabwe falls under the UNDP’s “Solar for Health Programme” which is aimed at health facilities across Africa, the Arab states and central Asia. Eltek’s installation of solar panels on hospitals across Zimbabwe is expected to be completed and to be operational by the summer of 2017.