PAEGC Site Visits with EarthSpark International in Haiti

Published: Jul. 25, 2016

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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.

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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Microgrids, like the one built by EarthSpark in Haiti, are more storm-resilient; they don't transmit power long distances over storm-vulnerable wire. Rebuilding in Puerto Rico offers a chance build a grid that's less centralized, decreasing the chance for widespread, long-term outages after a storm.