The Clinton Foundation has been investing in green energy in Haiti to boost Haiti’s recovery, recognizing that providing efficient renewable energy sources to reduce energy costs and dependency on fossil fuels are key to improving Haiti’s energy structure.
The Foundation has worked with a variety of green technology organizations in Haiti to address Haiti’s high-energy costs, low electrification rates, and high dependency on fossil fuels. Through the Clinton Global Initiative, the Foundation has worked with NRG Energy and the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) to create a model solar village in Boucan-Carré, Haiti, a project valued at over $1 million. Since this project, the Foundation has continued to work with NRG to identify new sites in need of solar power. Most recently, NRG installed a 117 KwH solar power system at Project Medishare’s Hospital Bernard Mevs in Port au Prince, taking the hospital off the grid and ensuring the consistent clean energy needed to operate the hospitals machinery. Clinton Foundation partners are also working on low-cost clean energy alternatives, creating recycling systems to help manage Haiti’s waste, and developing new methods for cooking through effective cook stoves and recycled briquettes to replace charcoal.
Additionally, the Clinton Foundation is providing the Mission of Hope Housing Community in Leveque, Haiti with approximately 40 solar streetlights and will work with staff to solarize the primary school for the community. The solar streetlights that the Clinton Foundation will provide are particularly important for these communities, as the Mission of Hope has relocated 168 deaf families from Cite Soleil to the Leveque community. The lights will provide these families with better security and constant visibility in an otherwise dark area.