FOCOS Orthopedic Hospital, with the aim of reducing its energy costs while keeping the environment in mind, has installed a 700 kWp / 1MWH solar power plant valued at US $ 1.5 million which enables it to move away from the grid altogether and then use their existing generators or the national grid as back-up power systems.
Designed and installed by SunPower Innovations – a leading local solar engineering, procurement and construction company – the facility comes complete with over 2,400 solar panels and a 1MWH lithium-ion phosphate battery capacity system, which is the largest hospital solar installation in Africa and arguably the world.
The installation allows the panels to generate enough energy during the day which directly feeds the load. When there is no sun at night, the battery bank replenishes the load. SunPower Innovations also introduced a Transparent Transfer Switch (STS), which is able to switch between solar panels, batteries, generators and the national grid and diesel generator seamlessly without the hospital experiencing power outages.
Professor Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, founder and president of FOCOS hospital, very excited about the project, pointed out that the facility allows the non-profit hospital to reduce its electricity costs while becoming a respectful institution. of the environment. .
âWith climate change, it’s time to consider other energy sources that protect the environment, and solar is the way to go. Looking at how much we’re going to save financially, as a non-profit hospital, we couldn’t have asked for a better option, âhe said.
Professor Boachie-Adjei added that in the long term, this means that the hospital can offer more services to more patients. âOur mission is to provide comprehensive and affordable orthopedic care to those who would otherwise not have access to such treatment. The cases we treat are among the most serious in the world, many that no other team of surgeons would dare touch, âhe added.
Ernest Amissah, CEO of SunPower Innovations, added that this is the first time that an off-grid project of such capacity will serve as a backup for an entire hospital in Africa and possibly the world. He explained that with more than 2,400 solar panels, the FOCOS installation is larger than that of a Haitian hospital, which has 1,800 solar panels.
âIt’s huge and the impact is huge. We save the hospital over 60 percent of their current bills. On average, the hospital demand amounts to 330 kva; but what we installed is about double what it consumes. We are going off-grid because grid dependency is declining globally as more and more developments focus on the production of green renewable energy. “
With the installation of a solderless transfer switch (STS), Mr. Amissah explained that the hospital will not experience any blackouts as the transfer of energy from solar and batteries to the generator, and even to the grid. national, is automatic and transparent.
âAt SunPower Innovations, we provide reliable and affordable off-grid, on-grid and hybrid solar systems for homes, businesses and government agencies. With this installation, FOCOS is now off the grid and saves a lot of money; and for what they do, depending on donor funds for their work, the greater the savings, the better they can transfer to patients. The savings they realize can make it possible to perform surgeries for children and families who cannot pay for this surgery, âhe added.
The Complex Orthopedic and Spine Foundation (FOCOS) is a non-profit organization that provides optimal orthopedic care and improves quality of life in Ghana and other countries. Hospital staff, the Ghana National Petroleum Commission (GNPC) and the benevolence of the Hailie family from the United States all helped make the project a reality.