Congratulations to SunCulture, Futurepump, Husk Power Systems and EarthSpark's offshoot, SparkMeter—they've all been identified by the London Stock Exchange Group as being among Africa’s most inspiring small & medium-sized enterprises!
Microgrid rebuilding continues in Haiti as the nation struggles to emerge from the rubble left in Hurricane Matthew’s path. In addition to attending to the necessary infrastructure repairs, companies invested in Haiti are extending help to those who need it.
The team from EarthSpark in Haiti during Hurricane Matthew is safe, and repairing the Les Anglais microgrid. Most buildings in the area were destroyed or severely damaged by the category 4 hurricane. The microgrid’s generation system is largely intact, losing only 25 percent of its solar panels.
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.
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.
PAEGC visited 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.
Since EarthSpark connected Haiti's first solar-powered microgrid, several women have started their own businesses, including an ice cream business that sells 100 ice creams a day to school kids! This was accomplished through feminist electrification, which considers gender concerns at every step.
The Economist—Meet the men and women bringing solar power to the people—and fighting to transform our global energy supply—including Powering Agriculture Innovator, EarthSpark International.
EarthSpark International is featured in a group of six short and sweet stories about innovators—each recipients of funding from National Geographic’s Great Energy Challenge—who are making a difference.
On June 1, 2015, EarthSpark International inaugurated the EKo Pwòp micro-grid which provides clean, reliable power to 430 homes and businesses in downtown Les Anglais in the South of Haiti.