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Relief organisation NPH Germany and the Biohaus Foundation have unveiled a hybrid smart grid project in Haiti that combines PV generation and battery generation.The project is aimed at significantly reducing the nation’s reliance on diesel generation, under efforts to provide Haiti’s 11 million inhabitants with access to electricity.

According to PV Magazine, the Biohaus Foundation and NPH Germany is providing stable power supply, in the form of a hybrid smart grid, to power all of its facilities in the Haitian capital city Port-au-Prince.

The hybrid smart grid employs lithium-ion batteries which come from Berlin technology company Qinous, while the solar modules are imported from both Venezuela and Mexico. Inverters are provided by Bonfiglioli Germany, and measurement equipment is provided by Hanover based Solargy.

Says NPH Germany CEO Heiko Seeger: “With the new 450 kW facility, we will supply the entire power demand of all our facilities, including food production, a car repair shop, a school and St. Damien Hospital, with 100% solar energy.”

The smart grid is expected to offset 2000 tonnes of CO2 and save €500,000 annually.

At the inauguration of the smart grid, Willi Ernst of the Biohaus Foundation, said: “What we are doing here is necessary to save the planet.

“That we do it here is necessary, so that as many as possible follow the example. Only together can we do it.”

Haitian energy policy

PV Magazine notes that the idea for the hybrid smart grid first came about in 2010, following a devastating earthquake which destroyed parts of the city’s infrastructure.

Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse, recently announced an extremely ambitious energy policy programme. Within the next two years, the country is to be completely electrified using solar, and high import tariffs on PV products are to be removed.