Most babies are the light of their parents’ lives, but a little electricity helps, too. Now, the Diakov Hospital and the Research Institution of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Perinatology in Dushanbe, the capital city of the Republic of Tajikistan, have become the first entities to enjoy grid-tied solar power within the mountainous, land-locked nation in Central Asia.
The medical facilities, which are owned and operated by the Tajikistan government, are receiving a total of 160 kilowatts (kW) of multicrystalline silicon solar generation systems–comprising 768 (210-watt) modules— from the Kyoto, Japan-based Kyocera (News - Alert) Corporation. The Diakov Hospital is deploying 120 kW and the Research Institution is using 40 kW. The solar arrays will generate approximately 196 kilowatt hours of annual electricity, offsetting roughly 62 tons of CO2 emissions per year.
In addition to Kyocera, which will provide the equipment, as well as the engineering and technical support, the following companies are collaborating on the initiative:
· Ingérosec Corporation , a Tokyo-based construction consulting firm;
· Marubeni Corporation, a Tokyo based trading company; and
· Marubeni Protechs Corporation, also based in Tokyo, which provides support to Japanese projects under the Official Development Assistance (ODA) project of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The deployment is being funded by the ODA project to help raise power generation capacity and diversify energy sources in Tajikistan.
In 1984, Kyocera provided solar power to a village in Pakistan as part of the Japanese government’s ODA project. Since then, it has been involved in approximately 40 ODA projects and has supplied a total of more than 3megawatts (MW) of solar systems to countries in Asia and Africa. Kyocera remains committed to help solve global environmental issues including efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
The objectives of Japan's ODA are to contribute to the peace and development of the international community, and thereby to help ensure Japan's own security and prosperity. Taking advantage of Japan’s experience as the first nation in Asia to become a developed country, Japan has utilized its ODA to actively support economic and social infrastructure development, human resource development, and institution building. Consequently, Japan has significantly contributed to the economic and social development of developing countries, especially in East Asia.
Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli