Energy storage company Princeton Power Systems made moves to expand its efforts in the Caribbean and developing island nations, leveraging its base of operating projects in Jamaica, Haiti, the Bahamas and Bermuda, with an eye toward building collaborations in Cuba.
Haiti is also looking toward expansion of renewable energy and distributed generation, especially since the earthquake in 2010 that severely damaged its infrastructure and left roughly two thirds of the country without access to electricity.
Especially in rural areas, economic and human development is handicapped by lack of reliable electricity, which affects health and safety, and limits opportunities for education and entrepreneurship. In areas without electricity, people often rely on burning kerosene, charcoal and wood.
Princeton Power Systems has worked with Home Control, a leader in home automation, renewable energy, and audio engineering for residential, commercial, and industrial customers with a focus in the Caribbean and Haitian market, for several years developing the market, and recently launched a distribution partnership enabling Home Control to develop commercial and residential projects with Princeton Power products.
Haiti has a massive untapped solar energy potential, according to a report by Climate Investment Fund. There is high solar irradiation across the nation throughout the year. Solar microgrids with storage can often be designed, built, and operating in less than three months, making them the fastest way to bring reliable electricity to rural areas. Princeton Power and Home Control have projects operating in Haiti today, and the distribution partnership will allow efficient replication of these successful case studies.