Haiti has inaugurated the largest smart-grid in the Caribbean, marking a turning tide for access to energy in the poorest country in the Western hemisphere.
Working together with the Biohaus Foundation for Energy and Justice, children’s charity NPH Germany has started receiving a stable power supply from a hybrid smart-grid, which is enough to power all of its facilities in the Haitian capital city Port-au-Prince.
NPH Germany and the US-based St. Luke Foundation, which employs 1,800 Haitians, is set to save around €500,000 a year and 2,000 tonnes of CO2 through the smart grid, thanks to reduced consumption from diesel generators.
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“What we are doing here is necessary to save the planet,” said project coordinator Willi Ernst of the Biohaus Foundation, speaking at the inauguration of the smart grid. “That we do it here is necessary, so that as many as possible follow the example. Only together can we do it.”
In Haiti over half the population lives in extreme poverty and 7 in 10 have no access to electricity. President Jovenel Moïse, who has been in office since February, recently announced an ambitious energy programme. Within 24 months, the country is to be completely electrified using solar, and high import tariffs on PV products are to be removed.