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Energy Act for Ukraine Foundation and Menlo Electric will jointly develop solar and storage installations for schools and hospitals in Ukraine. In the first phase of cooperation, they will equip up to 10 Ukrainian hospitals and schools with solar plants with a total output of 300 kilowatts. The projects are intended to ensure electricity supply to critical needs of schools as well as surgery and intensive care units of hospitals through the hybrid solar power and energy storage systems. The Foundation also organizes an elective course on sustainability at every school within the campaign 100RESforSchools.

Irpin Academic Lyceum

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Irpin Academic Lyceum “Mriya”

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.

Two schools and a children’s hospital

For the second site, carried out jointly with Menlo, the Foundation selected Irpin Lyceum No.1 specializing 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 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.

See also: Renewable reconstruction of Ukraine

In order for a school to qualify for the program, it must meet several criteria. Each of the chosen schools needs to have more than 500 pupils that are studying onsite. The facility should be away from the front line and needs to have a bomb shelter.

Irpin Lyceum no. 1 in April 2022, after liberation

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Irpin Lyceum no. 1 in April 2022, after liberation

All parties interested in helping Ukrainian children’s facilities are welcome to contact the organisers via email: Energy Act for Ukraine Foundation or Menlo Electric

Who is involved in this?

The Energy Act for Ukraine Foundation is a Ukrainian charity organization that is engaged in the elimination of energy poverty in Ukraine caused by the war. To date, more than 12 million Ukrainians suffer from electricity shortages due to constant attacks. The Foundation’s main goal is to ensure energy independence to facilities of social and critical infrastructure as well as civilians by providing access to decentralized renewable energy and portable energy equipment (generators, energy storage systems, powerbanks, lanterns).

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Menlo is the fastest-growing photovoltaic distributor in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In 2022, the company delivered renewable energy solutions to more than 30 countries from 8 logistics hubs spread across Europe and Africa. Menlo Electric is a distributor module manufacturers Jinko Solar and Risen Energy in the EU, as well as an official EU distributor of JA Solar, Sungrow, SolarEdge, FoxESS. (mfo)