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Jun 15, 2018

"Wake up in the morning and say ‘What did I get up for today”…What can I fix today? And find like-minded people and go after that and give it a try."

 Edna Adan Ismail on Green Connections Radio

Remember the images of patients being moved out of hospitals in Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico when they lost power as a result of the massive hurricanes in 2017? What if that never has to happen again?

That’s the goal of the ambitious new “50 by 50” initiative by global nonprofit Earth Day Network and ImpactPPA, a decentralized renewable energy platform, to bring renewable energy solutions to 50 healthcare and other facilities that benefit human lives by 2050, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

The first project is installing solar and wind energy in the Edna Adan Esmail Hospital in Somaliand, a 16-yaar old maternity and pediatric hospital that is reducing the high mortality rates for women and children in that country and training a new generation of doctors.

Listen to this fascinating conversation Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson had with both Edna Ismail, a nurse who retired from a long career with the World Health Organization to build this hospital with her own funds, and Dan Bates, Founder and CEO of ImpactPPA who himself retired from a long career as an audio engineer for film and television to start the renewable energy provider. This interview was conducted at the Earth Day Network 2018 Climate Leadership Gala, where Ismail and Bates were honored for their ground-breaking collaboration.

You’ll hear:

  • How the hospital will get the renewable energy – how the new system will work.
  • How the new system will enable the hospital to save $4,000 to $5,000 per month on its energy bills.
  • Why Dan says this is “like legos for energy and energy storage”
  • And inspiring career advice, such as in her quote above, plus “It’s never too late to go for something you really want,” from Edna.


You’ll probably also want to listen to:

  • Kimberly McGrath of Maxwell Technologies, on energy storage breakthrough technologies
  • Kate McGinnis of AES Energy Global/Fluence, on large scale renewable energy storage with lithium ion batteries.
  • Kathy Ayers of Proton Onsite, on commercial-level power backup with hydrogen technologies.

 What hospital or facility do you think @ImpactPPA and @EarthDayNetwork should power next? Tweet it to us @joanmichelson or post it to us on Facebook or email us:

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