No Power at Phebe Hospital Clinic

In 2021, several of our crew members spent two weeks in central Liberia, working on installing a solar
power generating system at the Phebe and Curran Hospitals. These clinics were the only significant
medical care in their regions, each serving thousands of people, but their only sources of power were
generators that they barely had funding to fuel. Phebe Hospital Clinic, in Bong County, had the funding
to run their generator for 6 to 8 hours a day, but Curran Hospital, in Lofa County, could barely afford to
run their generator for one. Without consistent electricity, the hospitals could not use power for
cleaning equipment, storing medicines, or performing any complex medical treatments; even using cell
phone lights to illuminate surgeries.

Joining Forces to Help Local Clinics in Liberia

The ARP Solar team collaborated with people and organizations all over the country to make the Solar
Liberia Hospital Project happen. In Ohio, the Women of the Lutheran Church helped tremendously with
raising funds and making the trip happen. Reaching all the way to Arizona, the Alpha Energy Corp. (Alpha
Technologies) provided our team with the necessary equipment and training. Chip Pickering from
Pickering Energy Solutions in West Virginia was the catalyst for this project, he has masterminded many
solar installation projects in Liberia and helped us plan a successful operation. As of 2023, Chip has been
involved in providing power to 86 hospitals and clinics across the country, and ARP looks forward to
helping with many more.

Training ARP Team in Arizona to Train Liberia Team

In addition to providing equipment, Alpha Energy Corp flew our small travel team to Pheonix for
specialized training in repairing their components. Their solar equipment is usually shipped back to the
company for repairs and maintenance, but with no international mail coming in or out of Liberia, our
team had to get creative with servicing options. With the special training our team received from Alpha
Energy Corp, we were able to teach our Liberian colleagues how to perform maintenance and repairs in-
country. In addition to training, the ARP team hauled over bags of extra components and electrical
equipment to provide a stock of repair materials to be used over the years for any electrical issues the
solar system might have. Chip’s approach is to facilitate power installations, but to incorporate Liberian
teams as much as possible and provide them with the education, tools, and materials to be able to
maintain their equipment and make it function for them long term.

Solar Install

Ahead of the ARP team’s arrival, the Liberian teams built small buildings for the solar equipment to be
housed and maintained in. With their help, the ARP team installed 25 kW systems and wired them into
the hospital’s critical circuits, including the operating theater, the pharmacy, and vaccine cold storage,
and the ICU/prenatal unit. This part of the process was difficult because the hospital’s wiring had been
done incrementally over many years with inadequate equipment, but with hard work and a lot of
helping hands, the system was smoothly installed and these areas were able the have power from the
solar panels even when the generator wasn’t running.

Bringing Power to the People

After two weeks of installing, teaching, and getting to know the community, Phebe and Curran Hospital
Clinics had electricity. The night before our team left Phebe Hospital Clinic, a large truck carrying dozens
of people overturned, causing a multitude of injuries. Where no significant treatments would have been
available before, the injured people were able to be brought to the hospital and treated almost
immediately, saving multiple lives and preventing farther harm. ARP Solar’s Don Cribbet worked hard on
this program to bring electricity and healthcare security to places that truly need it: “It was incredible to
immediately be able to see the difference solar power has made in the health and wellbeing of an entire
community.”