Haiti: Going Solar?

Denise Green writes in to Haiti Innovation wondering “if the government ever thinks about solar thermal technology as an alternative to electrical power? We should exploit the one resource that we always have plenty of – the Sun!”


  • At Archivex Haiti we think that going solar for haiti rural world is the ultimate solution. The question is how can we implement this.

    For example, I have a place rural haiti where I want to contribute to the development of that rural community, how can I start?

    Can I give a goup of 25 village house electricity?

    at http://www.archivex-ht.com/blog

    we are looking for answers to implement in rural Gonaives …!

  • Mark

    This will be the only alternative for countries such as Haiti,in fact, we have a lot of sunshine.I have been thinking about it for a while, and wondering why this suject never came up on the haitian political discussion.

    It will take a very long time for haiti to function under a stable electrical system other than a solar system.

  • Mary Jo

    I work for a non-profit organization that runs a boarding school in Haiti. I used to live at the school, too. Over the past few years we have gone solar and we love it! We have electricity 24 hours a day…well, most of the time. It has been a great addition to our school and the lives of our students, most of whom do not have electrcity at all in their homes. It is also an excellent learning tool. I would encourage all groups in Haiti to try this alternative. It is a pretty hefty cost, but you’d be surprised how many people want to invest in something like this!

  • Jim Bugert

    Wind electricity is in progress at The Mission of Hope near the village of Titanyen. Slurried waste paper into dried briquettes for fuel is being started by a young man in Titianyn. Wood as ballast in ships from the state of Connecticut is now in it’s 19th month to supplement fuel for charcoal in stead of cutting trees in Haiti. It is all starting to come together because we care enough to help our fellow man move toward peace. Solar will help too. Thank you for caring. A good mix is the fix.

  • paul

    i don’t know when the haitian gov is going to realise the sole solution for a affordable electricity in haiti,
    is going solar or wind, it will cost money, but it will cost much more if they have to used diesel fuel. there is an initial amount of money you have to pay after that the only money they will spend is for maintenance. this is a wonderful idea. i just hope they reconsider about going solar or windfarm. even where i live in Boston some places they windfarm or solar for affordable power because it is cheaper for customer.thanks

  • Our mission in Haiti (Church of the Nazarene) is located in Petion-Ville area and last year we spent a fortune on diesel fuel to generate power. We are actively looking for solar and wind solutions. Anyone wanting to contribute info or resources can contact me at bdawson@caribnaz.org. We have a seminary training pastors from several church groups, five missionary homes, a construction shop, an auto garage and a clinic on the 30 acre campus here in Haiti. We need solar and wind solutions. Thanks to all who read this.

  • Pierre F. Lherisson

    We should try alternate source of energy because we don’t have oil.The following source of energy are cheaper and cleaner than oil: biomass,hydro power,solar energy,tidal and wind power.In addition,the government should promote public transportation while curtailing private use of automobiles.

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