Microgrids in Haiti

Haiti has an urgent need for increased access to modern power. It has the lowest electrification rate in the Western Hemisphere and even the urban areas with access to grid power have such a problem with power quality and availability that individual diesel generators are the supply option of choice for most businesses. As part of a project funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, HOMER Energy is working with Soluz, Navigant Consulting, the Berkeley research Group, TTA, and JM Consulting to document Haiti’s current experience with microgrids and develop a plan for expanding the use of sustainable microgrids in Haiti. As part of that project, Dr. Lilienthal and HOMER Energy’s senior engineer, John Glassmire, visited 10 hybrid renewable power systems in Haiti and participated in a rural electrification conference, including a half-day HOMER training.