The first micro-network of alternative electricity distribution in Haiti was inaugurated last Monday in the town of Les Anglais (SUD). Half of the residents of this city of 430 households have access for the first time to electric power.
The project is implemented by the International Earthspark firm in collaboration with Haitian business "Eneji Pwop", with funding from the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
The automated hybrid system that was installed includes about 90 kilowatts of solar panels, 400 kWh of battery capacity, and an emergency generator.
The coordinator of the cell Energy Ministry of Public Works, Marc André Chrysostom suggested that this hybrid system should serve as a pilot to allow Haitian students and technicians to strengthen their capacities for rural electrification networks and microphones.
This view is shared by Rachel McManus, head of Earthspark International. He argues that solar energy will transform Les Anglais while promoting economic and social development.
A pre-payment system is available to customers. Pwop officials Eneji focused on the reliability of the system experienced 30 months ago.
Elektrisite Kominotè Pwop Enèji (Pwop SA) is a Haitian social enterprise developed by Earthspark International and leaders of local communities.
Several other micro-grid projects are underway in the region with the United Nations support and the National Rural Electric Cooperative (NRECA). A cooperative was recently established in the Coteaux district.