A partnership to provide
Community Health Access to Resilient Green Energy
Motivated by the urgent need to tackle issues at the intersection of health equity, climate change, environmental justice, and financial and operational resiliency, the CHARGE partnership provides energy options for health centers supporting communities most vulnerable to grid outages, disproportionately burdened by chronic disease, and most impacted by poverty and racial and ethnic health inequities.
The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) was founded in 1971 to promote efficient, high quality, comprehensive health care that is accessible, culturally and linguistically competent, community directed, and patient centered for all.
Collective Energy works with critical health facilities to identify energy goals, designs bespoke power solutions based on site-specific needs, and installs solar + storage systems with trusted partners to save health centers money while ensuring they can continue to operate during grid outages.
Capital Link is a national, non-profit organization that helps community health centers and Primary Care Associations (PCAs) plan for sustainability and growth, access capital, improve and optimize operations and financial management, and articulate value.
Electricity is essential for health care, but our grid isn't healthy.
Lack of reliable power hits low-income communities harder and more often.
Health centers are unable to serve patients when the power is out: electronic medical records are inaccessible, medical equipment cannot be operated, and refrigerated medicines and vaccines go bad.
The utility grid is increasingly unreliable. Aging equipment and increased demand along with rising temperatures and natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, and fires are leading to more regular and longer lasting outages.
Working as a team, CHARGE offers education, assessment, design, installation, and financing options to make clean and reliable energy easy and affordable for health centers. We make the process simple, so you can focus on caring for your patients.
Access to reliable power will avoid significant financial losses due to closures and lost medicines and allow health centers to remain open to care for patients and serve as community resiliency hubs.
CHARGE helps ensure health centers have power to operate during grid outages, lower and/or stabilize their electricity bills, reduce their carbon footprint, and lead the effort to fight climate change.