SustainSolar joins forces with Siemens to support South Africa’s Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in East London in the fight against Covid-19

Mid-February this year, SustainSolar expanded its footprint electrifying health services by adding yet another hospital project to its portfolio, this time in its home country of South Africa – a first for the company.

SustainSolar delivers a solar PV and battery back-up solution to a joint initiative to build a modular treatment facility at the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in East London. Sponsored by Siemens South Africa together with the Solidarity Fund, Siemens Healthineers, Siemens Caring Hands, the GIZ and Aspen Pharmacare, this project aims to ease the burden on strained hospital space as the third wave of Covid-19 infections looms.  

With a 100-bed capacity, the separate facility will provide the main hospital with a desperatelyneeded addition of ten new intensive care beds, 90 ward beds, diagnostics services, and a pharmacy store. The extension will ensure access to modern, efficient and superior high-quality equipment.

SustainSolar’s premium quality containerised 20-foot system is equipped with 60 kWp of photovoltaic (PV) capacity, 222 kWh of Lithium-Ion battery and incorporates the Siemens Microgrid Controller, a power management system for utilities and microgrids. This project will be the first deployment of SustainSolar’s newest product range addition, the Sustain Storage™.  

A fully integrated, AC-connected containerized Battery Energy Storage System (BESS)– with optional PV integration – the Sustain Storage™ product has been designed for demanding energy storage applications such as emergency backup, load shifting and peak shaving. Using Solar MD batteries and SMA inverters, this new product comes in different sizes from 222 kWh to 414 kWh and is ideally suited for projects with large power requirements or wherever integration of an existing PV or diesel generator is needed. SustainSolar is currently developing larger configurations which will be launched in the next few months.  

Founded in 2018, SustainSolar offers turnkey containerized, pre-installed solar and battery systems equipped with top-quality solar PV electronics including lithium-ion batteries which come in three standardized yet adjustable product configurations from small to large to suit a wide range of energy needs. With its commitment to quality, a rapidly growing track record on the African continent, and an expanding network of local partners, SustainSolar is a preferred solution provider for mini-grid operators as well as off-grid and hybrid fuel saving applications. SustainSolar strives to reduce implementation risk for project developers, alleviates operational hassles such as sourcing, logistics and commissioning and offers asset financing for its product range.