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SustainSolar: delivers turn-key solution to Hospital in the fight against Covid-19

  • Sector: Energy
  • Date: March 23, 2021

  • Company: SustainSolar provides containerized, high-quality, durable solutions for renewable power generation and battery storage for rural and remote locations across Africa.

SustainSolar joins forces with Siemens to support South Africa’s Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in East London in the fight against Covid-19. We have expanded our footprint electrifying health services by adding yet another hospital project to our portfolio, this time in its home country of South Africa, says Tobias Hobbach, CEO at SustainSolar.

SustainSolar delivers a solar PV and battery back-up solution to a joint initiative to build a modular treatment facility at the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in East London. Sponsored by Siemens South Africa together with the Solidarity Fund, Siemens Healthineers, Siemens Caring Hands, the GIZ and Aspen Pharmacare. This project aims to ease the burden on strained hospital space as the third wave of Covid-19 infections looms with a 100-bed capacity, a separate facility to provide the main hospital with a desperately needed addition of ten new intensive care beds, 90 ward beds, diagnostics services, and a pharmacy store.

The extension will ensure access to modern, efficient and superior high-quality equipment. SustainSolar’s premium quality containerised 20-foot system is equipped with 60 kWp of photovoltaic (PV) capacity, 222 kWh of Lithium-Ion battery and incorporates the Siemens Microgrid Controller, a power management system for utilities and microgrids.

This project will be the first deployment of SustainSolar’s newest product range addition, the Sustain Storage™, ideally suited for projects with large power requirements or wherever integration of an existing PV or diesel generator is needed. SustainSolar is currently developing larger configurations which will be launched in the next few months, Hobbach concludes.