IDB supports sustainable energy for rural electrification in Haiti

The Washington-based financial institution said Haiti has the lowest level of electrification in the Americas, and in the countryside over 70 per cent of the population lack access to electricity.

The new project will finance feasibility studies and pilot projects to test models based on solar energy, sustainable biomass, and hybrid approaches, combining more efficient uses of fossil fuels with renewable energy sources, the IDB said in a statement on Wednesday.

It said the technical cooperation will also fund studies to determine the feasibility of introducing natural gas in Haiti, which relies heavily on imports of more expensive and polluting fossil fuels to generate electricity.

The project will assist the Haitian government in establishing an office for rural electrification and in developing regulations to promote the use of cleaner energy resources and energy efficiency for rural electrification.

“These studies will shed light on significant knowledge gaps,” said the project’s team leader, IDB energy senior specialist Christiaan Gischler.

“Our goal is to give the Haitian government a clear picture of what it will need to carry out a successful rural electrification plan using renewable energy sources,” he added.

The resources for this technical cooperation will come from the Haiti Reconstruction Fund , the IDB’s Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Initiative and the IDB-administered Korea Fund for Technology and Innovation .



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