July 5, 2024

Sindh Installs 2555 kW Solar Systems at two Hospitals

The Sindh government commissioned a 2310 kW solar power generation system at Dow Medical Hospital (Ojha Campus) and a 245.16 kW system at Sindh Government Hospital, Liaquatabad.

The Sindh Provincial Energy Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah visited both the hospitals to do the rounds of the last-mile installations, accompanied by Tariq Ali Shah, Managing Director, Thar Coal Energy Board, and Mahfouz Qazi, Director Solar Energy.

Solar Power Initiative in Sindh Hospitals

The total cost of construction of these solar systems is $1.3 million with expected saving of Rs 187.11 million annually in 25 years. The 245.16 kW system at Government Sindh Hospital, Liaquatabad has the highest production of 594,092.81 units in a year, expected saving annually is Rs 26.7 million.

According to Minister Shah, these schemes do not just follow Chairman Bilawal Bhutto’s vision of fair and equal public welfare but will save the government loads of money while also lowering its electricity burden in the years to come.

The government buildings will be solarized to demonstrate the provincial government’s promise to renewable energy and to clean living, all while being ultra-fiscal fiscally responsible.

Financial and Operational Details

The solar installations were costly up front but will pay back through savings. The Dow Medical Hospital’s solar system with the capacity of 2310 kW and the Sindh Government Hospital’s one of 245.16 kW will operate for 25 years.

These systems not only prove to be a boon financially (Rs 187.11 million saved yearly, as stated earlier) but also an environmental boon – since energy generated through the sun isn’t just eco-friendly, it also curbs reliance on non-renewable sources of energy, and thereby, decreases our carbon footprint.

The solar system in Sindh Government Hospital, Liaquatabad of 245.16 kilo-watt capacity has proved an immense bestowal. In 2016, it produced 594,092.81 units of electricity and saved Rs 26.7 million annually.

Those savings can then be reinvested into other key sectors of the healthcare system, improving service provision.

Vision for Sustainable Development

These schemes are part of a broader plan that the Chairman Bilawal Bhutto accounted a belief in the welfare of the public and sustainable development. As Shah put it: The solarization of government buildings helps in cost cutting, but the environment impact is hugely reduced.

Demonstrative of this commitment to renewable energy solutions, the projects put Sindh at the forefront of sustainable development.

Moreover, by investing in solar power, the Sindh government is providing a model for other provinces and regions; globally as well as nationally, reducing greenhouse gases and finding green energy solutions has been an important commitment.

Broader Impact

This installation will have a positive ripple effect throughout the community: from lowering operational costs of the hospitals to free up more money for patient care and upgrading infrastructure, it also helps reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuels.

From the environmental point of view, it cuts down on carbon, which means cleaner air, health and a healthier environment.

These projects are the start of the Sindh government’s commitment to implement green energy and create a sense of sustainability culture, where the benefits last for decades and provide a steady and sound energy source for our public services.

This programme represents a holistic strategy to incorporate renewable energy into infrastructure, setting the stage for a more sustainable future.

Solar-Powered Hospitals Success Story

The solar power systems installed at Dow Medical Hospital and at Sindh Government Hospital, Liaquatabad, will not only provide significant cost savings for Sindh but also contribute to the goals of environmental sustainability and greater energy security.

Inspecting the systems was Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, then minister for local government and rural development. Sindh, it seems, is also reaping the public affairs and ecological benefits of a renewable-energy push – and is leading by example.

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