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world's largest solar powered hospital opens in haiti
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may 30, 2013
world's largest solar powered hospital opens in haiti


hopital universitaire de mirebalais- world’s largest solar powered hospital opens in haiti

all images courtesy of partners in health

 

 

 

the world’s largest solar powered hospital has just opened its doors in haiti and boasts over 1800 solar panels on its elegant and otherwise, stark,
white rooftop. haiti’s central plateau is riddled with intermittent flows of energy- a fact that derails the possibilities of large-scale healthcare
infrastructure. in the specific region of mirebalais, located 30 miles north of the capital port-au-prince, outages occur for an average of three
hours each day. the new hopital universitaire de mirebalais, a venture of partners in health, will cover an area of 205,000 square feet and its
300 beds will assist in correcting a national healthcare system with scarce or disparate resources.

 

most impressively, however, is the employment of design solutions in the building system as a whole, wherein the building is set to generate
more energy than the hospital will consume. even before the complex officially opened, the german-supplied solar panels reportedly produced
139 megawatt hours of electricity- enough to charge 22 million smartphones and offset 72 tons of coal. the architecture is solving myriad
problems and composed such that it provides rather than garners resources. the surplus electricity will be funnelled back into haiti’s
national grid, a testament to the ability of the built form to create a sustainable system for survival.  

 

 

an overview of the site and narration of the infrastructural needs the hospital will meet, both on an urban scale and to individuals

video © partners in health

 

 

view of the expansive campus

 

 

the solar cells top the impressive geometric roof plan

 

 

local electricians were trained to maintain the energy-catching system and will remain employed by the hospital

 

 

in progress view of the installed cells

 

 

local electricians were instrumental in the creation of the infrastructure-building project- itself expected to to provide the area with 800 or more jobs 

 

 

interior views of the mosaic-clad ward

 

video © partners in health

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