Mr. Dan Schnitzer and Ms. Allison Archambault of EarthSpark International Speaking on Microgrids for Remote Communities and Installations

Published: Jun. 17, 2014

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Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development supports the development and deployment of clean energy innovations that increase agriculture productivity and stimulate low carbon economic growth in the agriculture sector of developing countries to help end extreme poverty and extreme hunger.

The 4th Military & Commercial Microgrids Summit will take place in Washington, D.C from June 17–19, 2014 and its central theme focuses on (1) the business cases for microgrids in myriad application areas, (2) quantifying the energy security, (3) power quality, and (4) reliability benefits against the cost of adding new equipment for microgrids.

Mr. Dan Schnitzer, Founder and Executive Director of EarthSpark International, will be speaking June 17th on utilizing smart metering for the expansion of energy access in emerging regions.

Ms. Allison Archambault, President of EarthSpark International, will be one of speakers during a June 19th panel discussion on Microgrids for Remote Communities and Installations.

Ms. Archambault will discuss the needs, economics and technical  requirements for microgrid functionality, as well as unique challenges for installation, operations & maintenance in Haiti.

EarthSpark International is a 2013 Powering Agriculture Energy Grand Challenge Innovator that is working to expand access to modern, cleaner energy services to the citizens of Les Anglais, Haiti and nearby agribusinesses (milling facilities) using next generation solar-diesel hybrid smart grid technologies to reliably provide 24 hour, cost competitive electricity service.

Powering Agriculture’s support of EarthSpark International efforts illustrates how sustainable, scalable businesses can (1) improve the economic well-being of everyday Haitian citizens, (2) increase farmer and agribusiness revenues, (3) stimulate low carbon local and regional economic growth, and (4) open up new markets for global goods and services.

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