PAEGC Site Visits with EarthSpark International in Haiti

Published: Jul. 25, 2016

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PAEGC conducted a site visit to Les Anglais in southern Haiti over April 16–20, 2016, to evaluate the EarthSpark solar mini-grid and agro-processing activities. PAEGC interviewed mini-grid users and users of agro processing prototypes such as electric corn mill, corn dekerneler and breadfruit deep fryer.

Mini-grid users have reported noticeable savings on costs for lighting their homes and charging of cell phones. There has also been an increase in small businesses associated with the availability of more reliable electricity.

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While EarthSpark International’s work in Les Anglais was significantly disrupted by Hurricane Matthew, they will be ready to once again power the community when rebuilding efforts are completed.

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EarthSpark International has built a 93 kW, solar-powered microgrid in the small town of Les Anglais, Haiti, which supplies clean, reliable power to approximately 2,000 people. They plan to build 80 more microgrids in the next five years, bringing affordable, clean power to over 200,000 people.