Solar Power Project Powers Ameriyah Clinic
The citizens of the Ameriyah district of northwest Baghdad have found a way to not only provide power for themselves but to the local clinic as well.
The Ameriyah Clinic was fitted with solar power panels Nov. 25 with the hopes of becoming energy independent from the Baghdad power grid â€“ and the use of solar power is perhaps the most appropriate approach to achieving energy independence in this area of predominant sunlight.
â€œIn Baghdad we have, on average, 10 hours of sunlight on a daily basis,â€ said Mahdi Johnny, electrical engineer advisor for the solar panel installation project. â€œWhat we are getting out of these rechargeable batteries is about 72 hours of power for every 10 hours of sun.â€
Johnny went on to add that providing much-needed power to the clinic will not only give the staff the ability to conduct patient care on a non-stop basis, but will also provide the clinic the ability to store its medications and various other medical supplies that require refrigeration to remain stable.
Providing solar power in Baghdad is not a new concept. Solar lights have been installed in other sections of Baghdad to limit criminalsâ€™ ability to move freely. The unique aspect of this solar project is the Iraqis took the lead right from the beginning.
â€œCoalition involvement in this project was actually very minimal,â€ said Capt. Michael Nau, Joint Projects Management Office, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Multi-National Division â€“ Baghdad. â€œThis is an Iraqi-planned, Iraqi-led operation from start to finish.â€
For citizens of Ameriyah and the surrounding area, the electricity to the clinic will not only allow a place to receive care, it also alleviates the need to go in search of care.
â€œBy providing the electricity right here, the patients in the clinic can stay here rather than having to be transferred somewhere else,â€ said Johnny, who added the clinic hoped to power up the panels within the next 20 days.
For the MND-B Soldiers who worked as oversight on the project, seeing the Iraqis plan and execute the task of harnessing the sunâ€™s energy made all the sense in the world.
â€œOne thing this country has a lot of is solar power,â€ said Nau. â€œThe sun is abundant out here â€“ it only makes sense to use it.â€
Table of contents for Alt Energy
- Area 51 Now Powered From Space
- CERP funded windmills
- Going Green in Baghdad
- Windmills of Afghanistan
- Windmill Supplies Water for Bagram Neighbors
- Guantanamo Going Green
- Trash into Energy in Iraq
- PRT Lights Bazaar With Solar Power
- Solar Power Project Powers Ameriyah Clinic
- Afghan Province Green Powered
- Solar Power Shines in Iraq
- Solar-powered Water Filters for Iraq
- Army to Add Electric to Vehicle Fleet
- New New Choo Choo
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