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USTDA Supports Microgrid Expansion in Haiti

Thursday, May 28, 2015

(USTDA)  PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti Yesterday, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to Enji Pwp, S.A., a Haitian social enterprise, for a feasibility study to assess and rank the viability of developing pre-pay microgrids in approximately 100 Haitian towns.

USTDA is pleased to support Haitis efforts to increase access to reliable electricity, said USTDA Regional Director Nathan D. Younge. Enji Pwps current microgrid operations and its plans for expansion demonstrate how industry can work with municipalities on innovative solutions to bring affordable power to rural and semi-urban populations.

The grant was signed by U.S. Ambassador Pamela A. White and Rachel McManus, the President of Enji Pwp, at a ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince. Enji Pwp has selected Energy and Security Group a small, woman-owned firm headquartered in Reston, Va., with extensive experience in energy access to carry out the feasibility study. The main output from the study will be a detailed preliminary feasibility assessment and ranking of each of the 100 towns based on economics, physical infrastructure and community objectives. By determining the 40 best locations for near-term development of approximately 100-kilowatt microgrids, the study will enable Enji Pwp to prepare a fundable investment plan for microgrid expansion in Haiti.

Enji Pwp, which will also contribute financial resources toward the study, was founded with the mission of eradicating energy poverty in Haiti. Along with its partner organization EarthSpark International, it has operated Haitis first pre-pay microgrid since November 2012 in Les Anglais, using low-cost smart meter technology from U.S. company SparkMeter (Washington, District of Columbia).