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USTDA promotes RfP for Haiti solar-storage microgrids

The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is promoting a Request for Proposals (RfP) to US companies to design, build and install hybrid solar PV and energy storage microgrid generation systems in Haiti.

The RfP is being run by EarthSpark International – a small-scale clean energy product distributor that focuses in Haiti. It calls for a solar-storage microgrid in Tilburon, on the coast of the country. It also calls for additional microgrids in two other towns located in Haiti’s southern peninsula.

Altogether, the RfP is for up to three, community-scale turnkey microgrid generation systems which will serve as a reference point for future solicitation for additional projects. They will provide affordable, reliable and clean electricity to Haiti’s downtown rural towns to enhance the quality of life and unlock economic potential.

Microgrids are an ideal solution in off-grid or weak grid rural environments such as Haiti; as cost-competitive solar energy is amenable to applications in areas that are not sufficiently serviced by the grid. Haiti in particular is heavily-dependent on diesel and kerosene for power generation; both of which are expensive due to transportation, as well as bad for the environment.  

According to EarthSpark and the USTDA, this RfP is an exciting opportunity to expand energy access across the country and will eventually scale-up to build 80 community microgrids over the next five years.

The deadline for proposals is 22 May 2017 at 5:00pm EST.