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  • 1. Hospital Electrification Project in Rural Nepal Presentation to the MEMC Foundation November 2010
  • 2. Agenda
    • Why work on rural electrification?
    • Pilot project: Nyaya Health in Nepal
      • The PLAN: How we can help Nyaya Health
      • The ASK: Potential donation from MEMC Foundation for Nyaya Health
  • 3. Why work on rural electrification?
    • Work at a company that cares about non-profit initiatives
    • Have an outlet to work on non-profit / green projects, supported by SunEdison / MEMC
    • Teach students and professionals about solar power, and potentially recruit awesome people to join our team
    We (SunEdison employees) want to:
    • Use distributed solar to provide critical energy services to schools and hospitals that don’t have access to power
    • Learn how to implement off-grid solar in emerging markets, which is turning into a real business opportunity for SunEd / MEMC
    • Be the most innovative solar company that leads new initiatives in regions where no solar power company has ever gone before!
    Let’s attract talented people and keep them energized Let’s use solar power to solve challenging world problems
  • 4. We have identified a top tier organization that will serve as our pilot project – Nyaya Health
    • Nyaya Health is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by US medical school students to deliver long-term, systemic improvements in healthcare to impoverished areas
    • Nyaya Health is focused on Achham, Nepal – one of the poorest districts in the world:
      • 250,000 people living on less than $1 / day
      • 83 out of 1,000 children don’t live past the age of 5
      • 0 doctors prior to Nyaya’s arrival
    • Nyaya began its operations in Nepal in 2008 by opening a small clinic in Achham. In 2009, they successfully partnered with the Nepali government to renovate an abandoned government hospital. Today, the Nyaya hospital:
      • Provides free, community-based healthcare
      • Treats over 3,000 patients per month
      • Employs 25 local staff members
    • Nyaya Health treatment room
    • Nyaya renovated an abandoned hospital with 24/7 emergency department and outpatient clinic
  • 5. We have identified a top tier organization that will serve as our pilot project – Nyaya Health
    • 100% of Nyaya’s funds go directly to medical training, delivery and service on the ground in Nepal; there is no paid US staff
    • The organization has strong local and international support
      • 40% of funding comes from the Nepal government
      • Additional funding from leading int’l organizations (Ford Foundation, Yale University, Google, AMD)
    • Nyaya is extremely transparent about their operations and have done extensive work to document their impact and show how every $ is used
  • 6. Despite Nyaya’s successes, energy remains a critical challenge
    • Nyaya’s “before and after” photo series* shows how far they have come in providing free healthcare to an impoverished population
    • However, their website highlights ENERGY as their critical challenge:
      • The grid is very unreliable
      • Petrol is hard to get and their generator often breaks down
      • Inverter / battery systems are old and need to be replaced
    • Nyaya has ambitious plans to build a new surgery ward in late 2011, but will need reliable power such as solar + batteries to make this a reality
    * To read the blog entry, go to:
  • 7. The PLAN: we have identified three areas where we can support Nyaya Health and learn about rural solar development Design and technical consulting
    • SunEd’s engineering team in Beltsville will provide engineering consulting services to help Nyaya plan their energy system
      • Proposal evaluation
      • Design / energy analysis
      • System integration (diesel generation, battery)
    • SunEd / MEMC staff will explore ways to get solar equipment to Nyaya
      • Monetary donation through MEMC Foundation
      • In-kind donations from supply partners
    • The SunEd / Nyaya team will actively collect data and document our experience in rural solar deployment, which should be valuable information for our business in India and other developing countries
    Lessons learned
  • 8.
    • One dollar contributed to Nyaya Health goes an extremely long way given local prices in Nepal
      • The $25K solar portion will power basic lighting and appliances and prove to the Nepali team that solar can be a sustainable solution
      • The remaining funds will support critical hospital functions
    • The longer term vision is to deploy up to 35 kW of solar to power a new surgery ward planned for late 2011
    The ASK: we hope that the MEMC Foundation can support part or all of Nyaya’s 2010 - 2011 plans
    • The MEMC Foundation has a unique opportunity to provide funding that will have a huge impact on Nyaya’s operations
    • Nyaya’s expansion plan for 2010-2011 (not including the new surgery ward):
    • Rural ambulance program:       $12,542
    • Hospital Program coordinator:   $10,000
    • X-Ray facility:                      $8,394
    • Solar Power:                 $24,731
    • TOTAL:                   $55,667
  • 9. Contacts / Questions Joseph Philip Sales Engineering [email_address] 301-974-1995 Andy Moon Product Development & Finance [email_address] 301-875-3084
  • 10. Appendix
  • 11. The big picture: What happens after Nyaya Health Pilot project Phase I – Pilot project with Nyaya Health, Nepal Phase II Phase III
    • Help Nyaya Health deploy pilot solar system
    • Learn first hand about rural solar development, including best practices for rural O&M
    • Coordinate with India team to share knowledge
    • Continue involvement with Nyaya Health - long term O&M plan to ensure 20+ years of reliable power, and potentially more solar
    • Recruit additional SunEd engineers to provide pro bono consulting services to additional schools and hospitals in need of clean energy
    • Outreach to universities for potential partnerships
    • Provide travel funding for SunEd employees to set up systems and work on the ground
    • Launch student mentorship programs
      • Mentor students (e.g., ESW) designing non-profit solar projects to be deployed abroad
      • Mentor domestic “Solar Decathlon” type projects
    Description Start date Funding
    • Q4 2010
    • Q2 2011
    • Q3 2011
    • $25 - $55K
    • TBD
    • TBD
  • 12. NYAYA’s Current Energy System
    • Unreliable grid connection, with an unreliable diesel generator back-up and battery system
      • Inverter: Xantrex TRSW 4548 Inverter/Rectifier: 4.5 KW sinusoidal wave inverter with 19A @230 AC output, 48VDC rectifier @60 amps continuous charge rate, lower power cut-off: 160V, internal stabilizer
      • Batteries: 12 Volta 120AH 12V Tubular Plate Deep Cycle Solar Batteries. This provides approximately 13KWH of energy in the case of prolonged grid shortage
      • Generator: 5 KW self-starting soundproof diesel generator, Chinese manufacturer, purchased in November 2007, alternator burned by overloaded circuit in June 2008 that was repaired