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Red Cross opens Liberia’s first solarized office

By Emmanuel wise Jipoh

Liberia’s first fully solar energy-powered office has been completed and dedicated. The Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) through the Swedish Embassy near Monrovia, accelerated the solarization of its headquarters on Lynch Street.

The 45kw is worth a little over $100,000 United States dollars. The installation was done by Elise Renewable Power Liberia, generating electricity from solar panels on the roof and stored in lithium-ion batteries.

The power is then supplied to the Liberia LNRCS building to keep it functioning accurately, and this will also boost energy-saving equipment such as Computers, Air Conditioners, and other electrical appliances.

LNRCS president Jerome N.J. Clarke, at the dedicatory ceremony Friday, 10 March 2023, expressed delight that the solarization of the institution’s headquarters will significantly reduce expenditure on fuel and increase humanitarian funding towards actions and implementation.

He said the Red Cross’ commitments are saving lives, promoting human dignity, offering supports to the homeless, and building community resilience, rather than to be extracting humanitarian resources on the issue of electrification, which has been a major problem.

Mr. Clarke recognized the challenges facing the Red Cross, pointing out low logistics, and lack of vehicles to swiftly enhance their travels to some remote villages and towns during emergencies.

Mr. Clarke explained that the dedication to the solar energy electricity system, transitioning from the purchase of fuel for the generator to solar energy power supplies, will boost humanitarian actions.

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According to Mr. Clarke, the decision to solarize the LNRCS building wasn’t easy, but it was the right decision. He noted that it aligns with its commitment to sustainability and reduces carbon footprint.

Mr. Adolphus K. Karyah, Engineer of Elise Renewable Power, said a utility generator can be used to supply electricity to the building only when it is unable to generate enough power on its own during bad weather.

For his part, Natxo Garcia Collantes, Swedish Red Cross Country Representative, reaffirmed his entity’s commitment to working along with the Liberian Red Cross to enhance humanity’s impact on Climate Change.

Mr. Collantes said the Swedish Red Cross through the Swedish Embassy near Monrovia is happy to collaborate with the LNRCS.https://thenewdawnliberia.com/liberian-national-red-cross-society-extends-aid-to-gbarpolu-storm-victims/

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