The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will support a $3 million technical cooperation project to help the government of Haiti test different renewable energy solutions with the goal of expanding rural electrification.
In Haiti’s countryside, more than 70 percent of the population lacks access to electricity.
The project will finance feasibility studies and pilot projects to test models based on solar energy, biomass and hybrid energy approaches combining more efficient uses of fossil fuels with renewable energy sources.
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.
In addition, 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.
The resources for this technical cooperation will come from the Haiti Reconstruction Fund ($2 million), the IDB’s Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Initiative ($500,000) and the IDB-administered Korea Fund for Technology and Innovation ($500,000).