Sun’s rays power Kyrgyz hospitals


From next month, five hospitals in remote mountainous provinces of Kyrgyzstan will start using solar panels to transform the sun’s rays into clean energy and hot water. The pilot project is sponsored by the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and is implemented by the World Health Organisation. It is part of a programme called “Protecting health from climate change”, which covers seven countries in Southeast Europe and Central Asia. Hard accessibility (94 per cent of national territory is in the mountains), combined with scarce and old infrastructures cause regular disruptions to power and water supplies. With more than 300 sunny days a year, Kyrgyzstan is in a perfect position to harness solar energy.

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