Dropping charcoal into the earth pit to retain water and subsequently increase conductivity.

Community member installing lights in one of the hospital wards.

Installing new wiring.

Bo Government Hospital

  • Donors: Abel Foundation
  • Location: Bo, Sierra Leone
  • Date Started: February 2013
  • Date Completed: June 2013
  • System Size: 3,600 Watts
  • Direct Beneficiaries: 6000
  • Indirect Beneficiaries: 100000

In June 2013 EFO installed a 3,600 W solar system at the Bo government hospital. This eighteen-panel installation provides power to four maternity wards at the hospital, and was completed as part of Sierra Leone’s ongoing Under 5 and Maternal Health Initiative.

This installation is a hybrid system, working in conjunction with a petrol-fueled generator and an unreliable grid connection. Though these backup sources will only be utilized under special conditions, such as when there are too many clouds for effective solar electricity generation, the backups help guarantee the reliability of the system.