Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora
Two Salvadoran entrepreneurs, founders of the company Neo, dedicated to solar energy projects, participate in the group that will install a water heating system in the Integrated Hospital of Panama.
The water heating system, It works with solar energy and will be used for the tasks of hospital staff and for patients admitted for coronavirus.
The founder of the company, Héctor Mendoza said that Neo was created for the promotion and development of energy efficiency projects with the aim of showing potential clients and society in general the advantages of using renewable energy, and new ways to save energy.
From there, Mendoza considers that it is an important achievement not only as a company but as Salvadorans to be part of a project that will bring benefits to the country, especially to offer state-of-the-art hospital services to patients infected with coronavirus.
Panama registered 5,166 cumulative cases of coronavirus infections, including 146 deceased until 23 of April, according to the Ministry of Health.
The company was invited by the United Nations for the Environment to participate in the installation of the equipment that will operate in the specialized modular hospital., as part of the Panama thermo solar initiative, which is a project for the promotion and development of solar thermal technology for heating sanitary water.
The system that will supply the hot water needs in the Integrated Hospital Panama Solidario, which will use technology 100% renewable, will reduce the cost of electricity bills.
The donation was made by the National Secretary of Energy, Jorge Rivera Staff, and Gustavo Mañez, Coordinator of Climate Change for Latin America and the Caribbean of the UN Environment Program (UNEP).
“In alliance with UNEP, we put our grain of sand with the donation of this solar thermal water heater, intended to maintain hygiene and care, both the patients and the heroes of the medical personnel who will serve during the fight against COVID-19 ”, Rivera Staff stated.
The businesswoman Mónica Escalante, co-founder of the company Neo, He stated that it was satisfactory to develop the project that allows them to help the efforts made by the country to face the emergency caused by the coronavirus., while offering the benefits of innovative and environmentally friendly technology.
The system, that uses clean energy from sunlight, provide to 900 liters of hot water per day, and it has been estimated that the environmental benefits could reach up to 1.2 tons of carbon dioxide per year that will not reach the atmosphere.
"As Salvadorans we are honored that our company has been selected for the installation of solar thermal equipment and thus contribute with our grain of sand to bring well-being to health personnel and patients", added Escalante.
The new medical center built at an amount of 6.5 million dollars with the capacity to 100 beds will have several hospitalization rooms, clinical laboratory, areas for hospital waste and parking lots.