The world’s largest solar powered hospital recently opened in Haiti.

The Mirebalais hospital is equipped with an array of 1,800 solar panels, and in the first few months of its operation, the solar mounted panels on the hospital’s rooftops have been able to produce enough electricity to make treatment possible for more than 60,000 patients. Nearly 1,000 births have been facilitated as well since the hospital opened.

Haiti Hospital
Conventional power is beyond the affordable range of more than 80 percent of the Haitians, and is environmentally unsustainable. In this situation, the solar powered hospital is showing a new model of affordable and sustainable power for the citizens of the country.

More than 60% of electricity generation has up to now ben unsustainably based on imported diesel, mainly from Venezuela. The overwhelming majority of Haitians rely on charcoal and wood for fuel, contributing to rampant tree-felling that has reduced forest cover to the perilous level of 2%, according to the Guardian.

Solar-powered WakaWaka Lamps have been introduced in more than 1,000 homes in Haiti with the backing of Off-Grid Solutions and Clinton Global Initiative.

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