EarthSpark International and their local affiliate, Enèji Pwòp, prioritize training women as clean energy and micro-grid entrepreneurs, seek them out as customers and employees, and encourage them to become "grid ambassadors” who play a key role in reaching out to other women and energy vendors.
Energy poverty disproportionally impacts rural women. EarthSpark International views all of their energy access projects from a feminist perspective. They call their solution “feminist electrification". This approach involves and benefits women, which reduces poverty and increases access for all.
EarthSpark International has recently received a generous donation from Spring Power & Gas in support of their continued, critical work to scale the delivery of clean energy technology in Haiti.
EarthSpark International, a women-run enterprise, is one of 15 recipients of the 2018 UN ‘Momentum for Change’ award. Their work to ensure pro-women outcomes in all its energy access projects has earned them a place among the "Women for Results" winners. Congratulations on a job well done!
EarthSpark has created a list of recommendations that provide concrete, actionable guidance to practitioners and prospective owners of productive uses of electricity (PUE) appliances. Adoption of PUE appliances is core to unlocking the economic development potential of community microgrids.
EarthSpark's microgrid in Les Anglais, Haiti, has demonstrated the effectiveness and robustness of renewables there. Thanks to a loan from Taiwan, the future looks brighter for Haiti—and for Earthspark!—as some of these funds will be used to build more microgrids and other renewable energy projects.
The future of rural electrification may be SharedSolar systems, which connect users to a nearby microgrid. Pre-paid cards, purchased from local vendors, are used to access electricity. Husk Power Systems and Earthspark are both working toward making this a reality for more rural residents.
Take a look at how access to electricity is transforming education in Les Anglais, Haiti. EarthSpark's important work is giving kids a chance at a more secure future.
EarthSpark International has a chat with a carpenter and a retailer in Les Anglais, Haiti, and asks them how electrification has transformed their businesses. Not only are they thriving, they're both making plans for expansion!
Allison Archambault is a 2017 Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Award winner! The C3E program is dedicated to closing the gender gap, and to increasing women’s participation and leadership in STEM fields. Congratulations to Allison, and to everyone at EarthSpark International.
This is the first of EarthSpark International's visual stories from Les Anglais, Haiti, where, despite the destruction from Hurricane Matthew in 2016, they're hard at work repairing and expanding their microgrid.
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.