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The sustainability of on-site technologies at health facilities requires proper operation, maintenance, and energy management, which can only be achieved with proper institutional support structures, funding, and training.

The sustainability of on-site technologies at health facilities requires proper operation, maintenance, and energy management, which can only be achieved with proper institutional support structures, funding, and training.

Thinking of the Future

Without the correct people and support systems in place, no amount of investment in energy systems and technologies will adequately address the health sector’s energy crisis. Even the most expensive or well-designed energy system will break down if it is not properly maintained and monitored. Maintenance requires an educated operator, an understanding of current system performance, and a budget to pay for consumables and replacement parts. With these three pieces in place, an energy system becomes a long-term investment in health-care facility infrastructure that improves health outcomes of patients. If just one of these pieces is missing, the ability of the energy system to support lighting, medical machinery, fresh water supply, and testing is compromised.

Personal and Property Safety

Energy systems contain a lot of power that can be dangerous to property and people if improperly handled; making the wrong connections can damage components, start fires, or electrocute someone. Personal and property safety are the most important reasons to provide employee training to health-care staff working on energy systems. Energy system operators must be given basic safety training so that they understand important safety topics such as circuit overloading, improper connections, and grounding and bonding.

Resources

  • Resources

    Training for Sustainability

    Training health-care staff on energy management practices is a vital component of successful health facility electrification efforts. Learn more

  • Guide

    Energy Management

    Since energy use and management decisions take place at the facility level, the success of the energy system is the responsibility of facility managers. Read the guide

  • Report

    Sustainable Off-Grid Solar Delivery Models

    Identifying people and processes for maintaining energy delivery is just as important as the initial system design. Read the report

Last updated: November 23, 2020

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