NRECA International has signed a $1.8 million contract with the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to form the Haiti Rural Electric Cooperative (HREC) to serve 1,000 consumers in Roche-á-Bateau, Côteaux and Port-á-Piment on the southern coast of Haiti, NRECA announced.
UNEP support for this project is financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Norway. UNEP and USAID are jointly sponsoring the project that will be implemented by NRECA International and the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF). The project is scheduled to be completed by June 2015.
This is the second project NRECA International has won in the last two months that will bring safe, reliable and affordable electricity to Haiti. Currently, electricity is sporadic with frequent and extended periods without power. This project will upgrade the current mini-grid system of diesel generators and dramatically improve the distribution system. Also planned are smart meters and a photovoltaic solar array, in partnership with SELF.
NRECA International projects and programs have created more than 250 successful rural electric enterprises in Latin America, Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. The rural electric cooperatives that NRECA has formed and supported now serve more than 110 million rural beneficiaries in more than 40 countries.
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states. NRECA International Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of NRECA, is dedicated to international economic development through electrification.