2018/19. Current Project. A 3 man team from NZ plus an electrical engineer from Belgium are planning to install a 30Kw solar power system at the HVM hospital in the first quarter of 2019. The project is being jointly coordinated and funded by FOMT (UK) and FOMT (NZ). Batteries and solar panels with mounting hardware have been provided by FOMT (UK) with all electrical componentry and controllers from FOMT (NZ). This is an ambitious project highlighting the opportunity for such projects when a joint venture between the UK and NZ Trusts is undertaken.
This project is extremely timely given the major issues experienced during the 2018 rainy season resulting from major damaged caused during lightening and heavy rains in Mandritsara. On completion it is expected that the system will provide added security and quality of mains power at a heavily reduced cost. It is expected that power cost saving will be at least 70%, which will allow the saved funds to be channelled into other mission works. The improved quality of power is also likely to reduce electronic failures due to electronic and electrical devices and appliances being exposed to high peak and surges from Jirama (National Electricity Supply Authority) and backup diesel generation. Cost savings will also be made due to the significant improvement in equipment failure.
Last but not least, the Madagascar Government through Jirama has recently installed a 20Megawatt 78008 solar system on 38 hectares of land close to Antanarivo as a commitment to reducing the counties dependency on fossil fuel in an effort to reducing “Greenhouse” emissions. Our Project will also help with this Government commitment.