For a country overwrought with frequent electricity outages and fluctuations, Pakistan is one of the equatorial countries that could benefit best from the year-round solar energy that is available to its citizens in abundance. Coupled with this challenge and its consequences on modern life, healthcare facilities and options suffer from lack of resources and the load shedding that affects our economy and the people.
Over time, thousands of people in many developing countries including Pakistan have taken the initiative to get their distributed photovoltaic systems installed on their rooftops or open spaces, enabling them to produce, store, and consume solar electricity at their own disposal. This is because the cost of going solar has gone down significantly, allowing people to choose to produce and use their own electricity instead of paying for it to the national grid. EBR Energy is one such solar electric solutions provider that services both, companies and individuals, at everything from a residential or commercial level, up to a federal and governmental level.
There are two main types of solar panel system: a utility-scale system and a distributed photovoltaic system. A utility-scale solar photovoltaic system is built and set up for production and storage, but not for on-site consumption. Instead, wherever the solar electric system is installed is set up as a headquarter or warehouse to supply solar electricity to other consumers such as homes in a neighborhood or a business block. Meanwhile, a distributed photovoltaic system is meant to be installed on the rooftops, open spaces near homes or buildings to supply solar-produced electricity to the property alongside storing it. The latter type of solar electric set up is becoming an increasingly common option since installation costs are far lower than their earlier counterpart and they can reliably provide power on a 24/7 basis to the owner.
While a distributed photovoltaic system may be an option used by single-building businesses and homes, it is an even more ideal option for emergency power supply, according to the World Bank. The idea is to keep diesel generator backups upon electric outages as a last and final resort if the solar electricity storage runs out for rural and urban healthcare facilities. Numerous healthcare facilities in Sri Lanka have already switched to distributed photovoltaic systems “as a long-term primary or secondary source”, ensuring better healthcare provision and services around the clock.
The reason that this is so important is that currently, people all around the globe are facing an unprecedented situation with healthcare, with millions stuck without any real access to even basic help or medical resources. Actually being able to quarantine or socially distance for millions of people within and below the working-class level is an undoable option, relying on daily wages to keep their families clothed, fed, and homed. This puts a large portion of the human population at risk of contracting and spreading the novel human coronavirus and other infections and diseases. However, without access to healthcare that they can afford, millions are constantly in direct contact with one another, spreading and amplifying the effect of the virus.
The purpose of a distributed photovoltaic system-powered healthcare facility in developing countries is to not just provide hospitals and medical centers with round the clock electricity, but to eventually allow these healthcare facilities to lower their overhead costs and thus lower their fees and enable themselves to provide medical help to those who desperately need it. On top of that, while these facilities would be helping themselves and the population, they would be able to help and save the environment and slow down climatic deterioration, if not eradicate it eventually. Instead of constantly emitting toxic gases and causing pollution through the usage of diesel generators, the hospitals would be making use of direct, uninterrupted, never-ending sunlight.
While choosing to go solar, these healthcare facilities can decide whether they want to make solar electric systems their primary source of electricity to overcome the challenge of lack of electricity and electric costs to become an off-grid solar consumer. Otherwise, they can choose solar as a secondary option while remaining a grid-tied or hybrid consumer in case of emergencies including but not limited to electricity shortages and drastic natural phenomenon that cause outages.
EBR Energy provides services to all sectors and industries, servicing clients even during this pandemic to enable everyone to become independent on the national grid and be able to power their lives as they please.
Our experts are available to discuss the installation of your distributed photovoltaic system via a phone call to help you take the first step onto the staircase leading to going solar for life!