A new solar micro-grid for Haiti’s southwest coast

It is official! The 140 kilowatt solar hybrid micro-grid that the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) installed — in partnership with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) — on Haiti’s Southwest Coast is now up and running.

The 23 km of brand new power lines that connect Roche-à-Bateaux, les Côteaux and Port-à-Piment now conduct electricity.  With the guidance of NRECA, the communities have set up a member-owned cooperative, the Cooperative Eléctrique de l’Arrondissement des Côteaux (CEAC), which will operate and manage the power system.  Customers can sign up for pre-paid metering systems to deliver electricity to their homes and businesses.  An added bonus to the system is that 250 streetlights are installed to enhance public safety.

The new installation, serving 53,000 people, is SELF’s first foray into installing large micro-grids.  Our organization was responsible for the design and installation of the solar portion of the project, and NRECA installed the distribution system and generator.  Based upon its success and the number of people it is helping, this will be first of many micro-grids in SELF’s future.

The project was funded primarily by the Government of Norway, with additional support from the United States Agency For International Development (USAID), the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) International Foundation.

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