Kirtipur Hospital

Organization Name
Energy Efficiency
Proposed Investment
USD129,000 - Provide Asset - Solar PV / Storage / Substation



Last Updated
Thu, 11/23/2017 - 10:02

Kirtipur Hospital is a nonprofit community hospital established in 2006. It provides 24-hour emergency services, as well as houses a burn and reconstructive surgery ward. For many years, Kirtipur struggled with 12-16 hours of power outages every day. In October 2016, SunFarmer installed a 20 kW solar energy system to power crucial medical equipment with a special focus on maternity services. In June 2017, we installed a unique 46.62 kW on-grid solar energy system - one of the first on-grid solar installations in Nepal. The main purpose of the project is to reduce Kirtipur Hospital's electricity expense, and contribute to more stable electricity supply for the hospital.
What problem are you trying to solve? Who has this problem?
Despite its immense hydro-power potential, Nepal has an energy crisis. Peak domestic demand is about 1,300 MW, but it only generates around 770 MW of electricity. Power cuts are common, particularly during winter, when people fall back on diesel generators for power. Fuel shortages impact everyday life and particularly hospitals and health clinics, which rely on diesel generators during outages in energy supply. Before Kathmandu valley was free from load-shedding problem, Kirtipur Hospital used to face 12-15 hours outrage per day. This interrupted power supply from NEA forced hospital to use fuel wood to run the diesel generator. The search for alternative sources of renewable energy such as solar and wind power has therefore become a priority to reduce the country's dependence on hydro-power and cut carbon dioxide emissions.
Value Proposition
We are currently expanding the solar installation to a total of 67 kWp which covers 35% of the hospital's total energy needs. With the help of solar, Kirtipur Hospital has significantly reduced their operating expenses, enabling them to treat more patients and upgrade their services. The hospital is currently planning to expand from 100 to 300 beds. Solar power helps us run our services and even when we experience energy problems, we don't have to send away any of our patients in the burns unit who need emergency care - Shankar Rai.
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 103.29 Tonnes of Carbon Dioxide per year.
  • Improves the health conditions of 100,000 people.
  • Out of the total number of beneficiaries of the project, 59,820 are women.
  • During power cut, the hospital relies on Solar rather then diesel generators that leads to cut down carbon dioxide emissions.
  • During power cut, the hospital relies on Solar rather then diesel generators that leads to cut down carbon dioxide emissions.

Maturity Level
  • Prototyping and Validation
  • Commercial Operations
  • Growth and Expansion