Burundi

Expanding on our partnership with Partners In Health (PIH), SELF installed a 10kW solar electric generating system for the electrification of the new Village Health Works (VHW) clinic in the remote village of Kigutu, in southern Burundi. With the help of solar panels donated by Cermet Materials and Ersol, and generous contributions from our supporters, doctors and staff now have the vital electricity they need, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to treat thousands of patients suffering from HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.

To determine the appropriate system for the new health clinic, SELF visited the site and learned as much as possible from the staff about the current and future plans of VHW. SELF looked at the daily energy consumption, as well as the probable increases over the next two years. With this information, SELF determined that a solar-diesel hybrid system, an electrical energy system based on batteries for storage, is the best solution.

SELF engineers developed a 10kW solar electric system that provides over 90% of the power for the site. This system is sized so that most of the charging is done by the sun, while also providing a diesel generator back-up in the event of a prolonged overcast or in the event of any other unusual situations arising. Hybridizing the system will minimize costs – especially in the context of steadily escalating diesel expense. SELF was also able to reduce long-term maintenance costs for the clinic by installing a state of the art monitoring system allowing remote technicians to monitor performance via the Internet. Together these systems will supply vital electricity 24/7 to ensure physicians and staff can provide quality care for the thousands of patients they serve.

SELF’s solar installation meets the immediate and near-term needs of the Kigutu clinic. As they expand their services and add equipment, however, the clinic will need to add more solar modules to supply additional power.

See Kenya >

Shop for SELF

Shop for SELF

Case for Giving

Case for Giving

SELF Case for Giving

Annual Report

2016 SELF Annual Report

2016 SELF Annual Report

Donate Online

Donate Online

Join Our Mailing List

Join Our Mailing List