After a long evaluation period, USAID has awarded NRECA International, Ltd. a $24 million contract to establish and operate the electric utility in Caracol, Haiti under the Pilot Project for Sustainable Electricity Distribution (PPSELD). For the past year, NRECA staff and volunteers have been focused on the CCEP to construct a distribution system to the town of Caracol and surrounding communities; PPSELD will build upon this success by operating the power plant from which CCEP derives its power and expanding the CCEP network to benefit additional communities close to Caracol.
PPSELD is a three-year undertaking to establish a self-sustaining generation-distribution utility that will expand service from the CCEP customer base to include Limonade, Terrier Rouge, and Trou du Nord that are in close proximity to Caracol. In future years, PPSELD may expand service to additional communities if USAID and the Government of Haiti provide approval. The project is an incredible opportunity for both NRECA International and local counterparts to create a true example of a successful electric utility in Haiti.
Reliable electricity in this region of the country will empower local entrepreneurs and community leaders to improve their communities and pave the way for new technology and growth.
“Since we have been building the new system, it will be great to stick around and make sure that the utility will run properly and continue putting the needs of the community and consumers first,” said Myk Manon, NRECA International Haiti Country Director.