A Challenge Grant ($100,000 over 3 years, 2020-2022) was awarded to Green Empowerment for a program to “Improving Healthcare, Education and Agriculture through Renewable Energy Access in Uganda.” In the inaugural year 2020, they created the DREAM (Decision Response Energy Assessment Management) Tool, an app for remote data collection that allows community service providers to understand their energy needs without having technical expertise. Using the app, Green Empowerment completed a comprehensive energy assessment with Medical Teams International (MTI) on 56 health facilities in Uganda, serving over 250,000 patients quarterly. The assessment found that 35 facilities (63%) had “unreliable” or “no access” to electricity, despite offering 24/7 services, along with 24 facilities (43%) that relied on diesel as the primary or secondary energy source. The survey has helped MTI decision makers to understand the current energy demand across their portfolio of clinics. To ensure the biggest impact the analysis incorporated MTI’s priorities to rank health facilities and identified the top 12 clinics for solar energy installation.
Blog #200: Update on Challenge Grant to Green empowerment