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Hospitals both in urban and rural areas consume a lot of energy throughout the day as the electrical equipment used directly or indirectly to treat patients require uninterrupted power.

Many hospitals have considerable unused rooftop space. Combined with power shortages and rising cost of diesel, rooftop solar power makes a compelling case for implementation in hospitals; there are several advantages but also several constraints that need to be considered when deciding on and designing a rooftop solar power system for a hospital, such as using a variable source of power like solar to power equipment used in life saving situations. These are discussed in greater detail below.

Advantages

Energy security – Rooftop solar plants can deliver power during load-shedding, ensuring that critical loads are always running Not all solar plant configurations can deliver power during load-shedding.

Cost-effective – Rooftop solar power has a levelised cost of Rs. 4.5-5/kWh (or less), considerably lower than diesel power cost at Rs. 18/kWh (or more). Additionally, your energy cost is now fixed for the next 25 years, unlike diesel power which keeps increasing.

Reliable – A solar power plant has no moving parts, ensuring reliable power over 25 years.

Minimal maintenance – A solar plant requires very little maintenance from the energy consumer.

Flexible configurations – Solar panels can be installed on different kinds of roofs, including covered parking areas, as long as the structure can bear the weight of the panels. They are also highly scalable, with rooftop plants ranging in capacity from less than 1 kW to more than 1 MW