Here is a picture of Romanian native Andy Bogdan Bindea as he is talking to several women in Haiti who were in the process of selling charcoal, He is in the process of bringing clean energy to Haiti with the help of his solar-power company. He has designed and installed solar-power systems in the D.C. region and Haiti.
Now he has a 10-year plan to bring affordable, renewable energy to two and a half million people in Haiti.
Here is a picture of the new light kit developed by Sogexpress, Arc Finance and Western Union, Klere Ayiti or Light Up Haiti.
In Haiti, only 12.5% of the population has access to electricity, however, the official sources estimate that around 25% of the populations have irregular connection, unreliable access to the electric grid. The most of its generation infrastructure is very old and costly to maintain and operate. According to the USAID, Haiti's power sector is one of the weakest in the Western Hemisphere. 'Klere Ayiti' is a two-year effort between the Haitian money transfer company Sogexpress and Arc Finance with support from Western Union. 'Klere Ayiti' is working to find a power solution using the solar energy which is abundant in the country. Solar energy is a realistic power solution, an affordable way for the Haitians. 'Klere Ayiti' is truly committed to establish its meaning 'Light Up' Haiti. It is a solution where the Haitian diaspora can purchase solar light kit for their families back home. Each solar light kit contains two or three LED lights, rechargeable solar battery and charging sockets, where cell phones can be charged as well. The lights can be hung from the ceiling or used as a strong flashlight.
Haiti is on its way to replace wood-burning stoves with clean, ethanol-fueled cook stoves through project Gaia.
Project Gaia is a Non-profit non-governmental U.S organization working to provide cheap eco-friendly alcohol based fuel on ethanol stoves in the developing countries. Most Haitians rely on charcoal and firewood to cook their daily meals. As a result, the nation is experiencing extreme deforestation over the years and an estimate reveals that it has been reduced to 2% of the earlier cover. Furthermore, the polluting fuels like wood, charcoal, dung, coal and petroleum have shortened the average lifespan of Haitians by 6.6 years due to the illness caused by household air pollution. In Haiti, POET in association with Project Gaia will replace wood-burning stoves with clean, ethanol-fueled cook stoves. Jeff Broin, the founder and Executive Chairman of POET has donated 12,000 gallons of ethanol of which 6,200 gallons have passed the Haitian customs in December 2014. Dometic, another partner of the project would supply locally made ethanol stoves and 'Novogaz' will be responsible for its distribution. "POET Bio refining - Jewell' will produce the needed ethanol.
In an effort to decrease the constant blackout in Haiti and to put Haiti in a path of recovery and economic development, the Inter-American Development Bank has decided to give to Electricit d'Ha ti EDH , 35 million in the form of a grant.
This is what the grant from the Inter-American Development Bank is expected to do: repair the electricity infrastructure affected by the 2010 earthquake, support the rehabilitation of the P ligre hydroelectric plant, support the use of solar energy. On the other side, this was supposed to deal with the problem of Cumberland as well.
Electricit d'Ha ti EDH is also expected to work on efforts to reduce technical and commercial losses by upgrading its equipment and increase billing and collection.
There has been a Protester in Fort Liberte where the population is demanding to be connected industrial park Caracol electricity source
Surge in Violent Uprisings as Year Ends
Reports emanating from Port-au-Prince said an investigation by officials regarding a violent street demonstration near the Dominican Republic border claimed Haitian police officers went on a shooting rampage, injuring 13 people. This confirmation came from Northeast Senator Jean-Baptiste Bien-Aime.
In another incident, Fort Liberté demonstrators demanded they be provided with electrical service from the Caracol power plant at the industrial park close by.
A third incident in a Port-au-Prince neighborhood found three protestors shot by pro-government protestors.
A bloody demonstration scene in Fort Liberte on Thursday, November 28 left 13 people injured by, as yet, unknown elements. Senator Jean-Baptiste Bien-Aime, a politician in the opposition party, would have the nation know that the injuries were as a result of the police, while attempting to clear the blocked main road, firing on the protesters, while the spokesman for the National Police, Frantz Lerebours, remains cautious about disclosing what happened and how many people were wounded without more information.
Here is a picture of a Recho Pa'w. This project was created to improve cooking in Haiti and funded by USAID.
The Recho Pa'w project, with a budget of nearly $9 million U.S. and funded by USAID to promote better cooking methods, was officially handed over to the Haitian population in a ceremony featuring representatives of USAID, LPG distributors and biomass stove manufacturers as well as the US Ambassador to Haiti, Pamela White. The objective of the project, which will be focused in the urban area, is to build the permanent groundwork for cost-efficient, clean cooking. The project aims to convert 300,000 families toward the use of propane and biomass stoves.
Here is a picture of school children using LuminAID solar light. It was designed following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti
Renewable Lighting Technology for Disaster Relief Aid Stabilizes Victims
Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta have developed an innovative technology for natural disaster victims, the LuminAID solar light.
The impetus for their product occurred in Japan during the March 2011 earthquake. They designed a renewable lighting source for situations in which the power grid has been disconnected following a disaster.
Their LuminAID solar light was deployed succeeding both Hurricanes Isaac and Sandy. It is delivered along with other disaster relief aid.
This picture illustrate the situation most Haitians find themselves when the price of fuel price increases. This includes any petroleum product.
Will Haitian Government Risk Adjusting Fuel Prices?
Beginning in January 2010 Haiti stopped adjusting fuel prices fearing economic instability. Instead it subsidized fuel increases.
Haiti is increasing its deficit by selling fuel to the Dominican Republican (DR) at 20% per gallon less than what the DR pays for its own fuel.
The government of Haiti cannot continue to let the deficit climb, but it is reluctant to adjust fuel prices because it will cause social unrest and rouse the opposition.
Gasoline affect many thing in Haiti. Due to the economic condition of the population, the Haitian Government has been subsidizing the price of petroleum products in the country. This practice was able to maintain a level of stability for many years. However, the Government of Michel Martelly has made the decision not to subsidize the price of gasoline and to let the price fluctuated based on the international market
There is one major problem with this. There has not been any improvement in the economic situation of the Haitian population. The unemployment rate remains at over 70 percent
The Haitian President Michel Martelly has expressed his endorsement and support behind ECCO2 Corporation's program for launching clean-tech projects with Haitian government. ECCO2 will offer patents of technologies that will reduce carbon emission throughout the Republic of Haiti. Haiti is a member of Kyoto Protocol since 2005 and as per current estimate, the country emits carbon footprint of 10 million metric tons per year. The assistance under ECCO2 program is expected to reduce the present emission by 80 million metric tons over the next ten years. This emission reduction will earn Certified Emission Reduction Credits (CERs) worth about $1.5 billion. This CER earned will be sold among investment banks and trading firms to finance ECCO2 Haiti Foundation programs on economic development in Haiti. The Head of the State hopes this good attempt will bring in many positive changes towards economic recovery in the country.