Energy Act for Ukraine Foundation, a Ukrainian charity organisation and Menlo Electric, a photovoltaic components distributor, will jointly develop solar and storage installations for schools and hospitals in Ukraine.
In the first phase of cooperation, the Foundation, together with Menlo Electric, will equip up to 10 Ukrainian hospitals and schools with solar plants with a total capacity of 300 kilowatts (kW). The projects are intended to ensure electricity supply to critical needs of schools and surgery and intensive care units of hospitals through hybrid solar power and energy storage systems. The Foundation also organises an elective course on sustainability at every school within the campaign 100RESforSchools.
The Foundation’s first project was completed in November 2022 at the Irpin Academic Lyceum “Mriya”, in cooperation with BSW-Solar, the German Solar Association and the German Federal Foreign Office.
For the second site, carried out jointly with Menlo, the Foundation selected the Irpin Lyceum specialising in arts. The school was damaged during the occupation of Irpin city in the spring of 2022 when it became a shelter for pupils, parents and teachers during the severe shelling of the city. The installation is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2023. There is also a third project scheduled in the pipeline, a children’s hospital in the Chernihiv region. The installation of solar modules and energy storage systems will secure the safe supply of electricity to the neonatal intensive care unit of the hospital.
“In 2022, we launched our Energy to Power Your Future charity program with the mission to install free-of-charge PV installations for institutions that take care of children,” said Bartosz Majewski, CEO at Menlo Electric. “Until now, the program had 7 installations completed and in development across the EU. Our cooperation with Energy Act for Ukraine increases that number to 17. We will be donating and delivering 300 kW of photovoltaic components for schools and pediatric hospitals in Ukraine. This will allow not only for the functioning of facilities cut off from electricity during the war but also will help them save on electricity bills after the war is over.”
“We are extremely glad to partner with Menlo Electric and provide partial energy independence to Ukrainian schools and hospitals,” stated Yuliiana Onishchuk, Founder of the Energy Act for Ukraine Foundation. “Our projects 100RESforSchools and 50RESforHospitals aim not only to provide the opportunity for facilities of social and critical infrastructure to function despite power interruptions but also create a basis for the sustainable reconstruction of Ukraine.”
For the following projects, Menlo Electric and Energy Act for Ukraine are continuously looking for partners and donors.