Creation of a backup source of electricity for the Republican Medical Center (RMC), generation of electricity to meet the needs of the RMC regardless of the availability of electricity in the grid, and storage of electricity for non-solar hours.
In light of the ongoing energy blockade of Artsakh, a number of operations important for sustaining the population must necessarily have backup sources of electricity. Foremost among them is the Republican Medical Center, the main medical institution of Artsakh, which includes the hospital department, the polyclinic department, oncology services, and, following completion of its construction, the “Mother and Child Health Center.”
The project aims to increase the reliability of the medical center’s power supply system by building a solar power plant in two phases.
- Create a solar hybrid power plant with a specified capacity of 517 kW (312 kW during the first phase and 205 kW during the second phase) for the RMC, with the possibility of increasing the number of solar panels.
- Equip the emergency departments, operating rooms, and resuscitation and intensive care units during the first phase of construction by installing three of the five electricity storage facilities (100 kW each).
- Install 1075 kWh (645 kWh and 430 kWh) lithium-ion batteries to provide electricity during non-solar hours.
- Provide the RMC with electricity in the event of no electricity in the network: up to 2.5 hours of overload and up to 12 hours for the operation of vital departments.
- Ensure financial savings on electricity consumption in the amount of up to 24 percent of the volume of capital investments annually.
- Increase the energy security of Artsakh’s healthcare system.
- Since the RMC serves the entire adult population of Artsakh, about 90,000 people will be the direct beneficiaries of the program.
- Use of solar panels for 30 years, 12 of which with the manufacturer’s warranty.
- Use of accumulators within 8,000 cycles or for 15 years with manufacturer’s warranty.
- The solar power plant will have the ability to expand its capacity up to 40 percent.
- The equipment will be transferred to the RMC with a 1-year warranty provided by the contractor, and further operation and maintenance will be performed by the engineering service of the medical center.
* The implementation of the project depends on the availability of transportation, possibly with the support of the Red Cross and/or other humanitarian actors.