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Solar lighting with SBI Cards on cards at PHCs/CHCs in Karauli, Rajasthan

As a referral unit for Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and Community Health Centres (CHCs), the Sub- Divisional Hospital and District Hospital play a very vital role when it comes to serving healthcare facilities for the population of the district. There are a lot of challenges for the government to
ensure quality services at all three levels of healthcare delivery, namely primary, secondary and tertiary.

Erratic and poor electricity supply is one of the major issues that these facilities are facing. To address this issue, in partnership with SBI Card, FINISH Society aims to provide solar power facility at 1 District Level Hospital at Sub-Division, Hindaun City and 3 District Hospitals in Karauli district of Rajasthan so that the citizen can visit these centers and get better services.

The programme aims to:
1. Quality health services- The project is expected to generate approx. 782,092 kWh annual electricity. Solar systems provide a stable, clean and reliable energy supply, even in the most remote locations, meaning more patients can access the health services they need.
2. Climate-resilient health systems- Renewable energy is a means by which health systems can increase resilience to the challenges presented by climate change, including extreme weather conditions, droughts, and other crises affecting routine power supply.
3. Reduced carbon emissions -641 tonnes of carbon dioxide emission will be saved annually. Energy access plays a vital role in enabling health care delivery, but it can also inflict significant environmental harm unless it includes an explicit focus on progressively shifting to renewable energy and substituting fossil-based sources. The project will contribute to avoiding approx. 
4. Cheaper energy – Solar energy results in lower power bills for health facilities. These vital budget savings can then be reinvested to support other priority health programmes or infrastructure. On an average the project will lead to saving approx. INR  66 lakhs annually for the 4 district and sub-divisional hospitals. This will lead to not only energy savings but also enduring reliable and clean electrical supply.