Haiti Energie, S.A./LLC Partners with Florida International University (FIU) to Solve Electricity Crisis in Haiti

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“One of the greatest challenges facing the country and government of Haiti is the production of electricity,” said Haiti Energie President Ed Romain. “Up to 80% of the island’s population lack access to electricity today, leaving as many as 8 million people to burn fuels like wood, charcoal and kerosene for heat and light.”

To solve the power crisis, Haiti Energie partnered with the FIU’s Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. Under the partnership agreement, the FIU will provide the engineering design and plan for every project Haiti Energie takes on.

“FIU has one of the greatest energy labs in the world,” said Dr. Romain. “The technical support provided by the graduate students at the FIU’s Smart Grid Test Bed Research Lab will allow us to be even more efficient and reliable. It also enables us to build micro-scaled smart grid in different municipalities throughout Haiti, as well as provide solar systems for small and medium-size businesses, such as hotels, schools and hospitals.”

Haiti Energie also partnered with a strong solar energy system provider that will help fund operations and provide batteries, wiring, racking and all the accoutrements necessary to transform a solar plan into a highly efficient and productive solar system. “With this agreement in place, we are gaining a reliable business partner for hassle-free installations,” said Dr. Romain.

The new partnership agreements strengthen Haiti Energie’s position as the leader in Haiti’s energy sector. “Haiti Energie is the only company in the country poised to solve this overwhelming power crisis,” said Dr. Romain. “We are one of the private company in Haiti that is licensed by the government to sell electricity to private and government institutions, as well as commercial and residential customers.”

The demand for solar power in Haiti is rapidly growing, as only about 20% of the island’s population are estimated to have access to electricity. The capital city of Port-au-Prince has the most widespread electrical grid in the nation, but still only covers about 45% of the city’s population.

At over $0.5/KWH, the cost of electricity in Haiti is over four times as expensive as it is throughout much of the United States. Currently, Haiti gets 60% of its electrical energy from imported diesel fuel, most of which comes from Venezuela. Residential and commercial buildings alike devote more than 40% of their budget to meeting this need. Solar generated electricity can dramatically cut these costs and reduce emissions.

Haiti is an ideal country to utilize solar power, as its skies are clear for 71% of daylight hours. Innovations in production and an increase of producers have resulted in decreasing costs for solar panels, inverters, mounting equipment and other solar products, making them an affordable solution to the power crisis in Haiti. Solar power prices have fallen off a cliff since the technology first got commercial exposure in the 1970s. Today’s solar power systems are on average half of what they used to cost back in 2000, making solar an increasingly competitive energy choice.

Haiti Energie is committed to solving electricity crisis in Haiti with clean, affordable solar power. Founded just five years ago under the leadership of Dr. Ed D. Romain, its list of achievements is remarkable. Haiti Energie has installed over 3.5 Megawatts of solar-based electricity throughout Haiti. The company was at the forefront of designing and installing solar systems for the Mirebalais Hospital, the largest solar electric hospital in the world. Haiti Energie has also installed thousands of solar street lights, which has had a direct impact on lowering the crime rate in those areas.

Haiti Energie has worked with the government of Haiti to deregulate the power sector in the country. As a result, two regions in the country have been open to investors. For the first time in history, the Haitian government initiated a process of modernization of the public company, Electricity of Haiti, by launching an international call for tenders for the selection of strategic investors in South-East and North-West.

Haiti Energie carries a full line of solar-based equipment that provides electricity to both residential and commercials buildings. The company provides a wide array of services, from design to supply, installation and repair. Haiti Energie is incorporated both in Haiti and the United States.

About Haiti Energie, S.A.:
Haiti Energie, S.A. (http://www.haitienergie.net/) is a renewable energy company, bringing affordable solar power and access to electricity in Haiti. Through careful analysis, strong customer support, and cost-effective solutions, Haiti Energie provides a wide selection of products and services designed to dramatically lower energy costs and ensure access to electricity in Haitian communities. For more information, please visit https://haitienergie.net/. To follow Haiti Energie on Facebook, connect with us: https://www.facebook.com/pages/HAITI-Energie-SA/558243917588214. Learn more about the company on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7WS-KoHoTI.

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