Solar energy is clean, sustainable and for a country experiencing challenges in providing its population of ten million with electricity, it can help to solve Haiti’s energy problem.
Cognizant of the importance of promoting sustainable renewable energy solutions and the challenges facing Haiti in the aftermath of various natural disasters which have severely impacted it, the objectives of the CARILEC-CDEMA Collaboration for the Haiti School Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Project are to assist in the restoration and improvement of electricity services for Haiti’s Education Institutions; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; provide a long-term hedge against future electric rate volatility and an opportunity to save money; and present teachers and students with a number of educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Following the devastation caused by the 2010 earthquake CARILEC felt impelled to contribute to the restoration of Haiti’s electric power network and established a fund to assist in these efforts.
The system was designed and installed as a standalone system with the ability to manually switch to the national grid. It is worth noting that installation works were carried out by a local contractor and his team.
Haiti which is one of the poorest countries in the world and lacks a viable energy source for the production of electric power is no stranger to solar energy solutions. Given the high cost of electricity in Haiti this project will not only save the school thousands of dollars annually but will guarantee that the nuns and students have reliable access to energy whilst simultaneously reducing greenhouse gas emissions.