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Abstract

Haiti, one of the world’s poorest nations, had suffered prolonged poverty, political disturbances and environmental degradation. The main hurdles to its economic development included corruption, poverty, illiteracy and frequent natural disasters. Rural electrification technologies based on the use of renewable resources was the only solution for sustainable economic development and poverty alleviation. The benefits of renewable energy use were reduction of greenhouse emissions and lower costs of operation and maintenance, along with decrease in the consumption of non-renewable, expensive and traditional energy resources. Rural electrification of Haiti was in a nascent stage and there was an urgent need for inexpensive and sustainable supply of electricity. In this regard, Limye Pa w was established with the objective of providing electricity to rural areas as a social commitment. Renewable energy sources were utilised for power generation, transmission and distribution. The main raw material was agricultural and biomass waste, particularly corn cobs, which were readily available in sufficient quantity. The organisation’s pilot project was expected to generate new opportunities for economic growth and social change. Limyè Pa w faced many challenges in implementing its program such as adoption of US based technology in the local rural conditions, finding partners for financing and focussed commitment towards providing electricity to the rural beneficiaries. Further, it was essential to remove policy barriers and undertake necessary legislative reforms. In such a situation, it remained to be seen whether Limye Pa w would be able to achieve its prime objective of bringing light into the lives of rural population.
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2014

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Abstract

Haiti, one of the world’s poorest nations, had suffered prolonged poverty, political disturbances and environmental degradation. The main hurdles to its economic development included corruption, poverty, illiteracy and frequent natural disasters. Rural electrification technologies based on the use of renewable resources was the only solution for sustainable economic development and poverty alleviation. The benefits of renewable energy use were reduction of greenhouse emissions and lower costs of operation and maintenance, along with decrease in the consumption of non-renewable, expensive and traditional energy resources. Rural electrification of Haiti was in a nascent stage and there was an urgent need for inexpensive and sustainable supply of electricity. In this regard, Limye Pa w was established with the objective of providing electricity to rural areas as a social commitment. Renewable energy sources were utilised for power generation, transmission and distribution. The main raw material was agricultural and biomass waste, particularly corn cobs, which were readily available in sufficient quantity. The organisation’s pilot project was expected to generate new opportunities for economic growth and social change. Limyè Pa w faced many challenges in implementing its program such as adoption of US based technology in the local rural conditions, finding partners for financing and focussed commitment towards providing electricity to the rural beneficiaries. Further, it was essential to remove policy barriers and undertake necessary legislative reforms. In such a situation, it remained to be seen whether Limye Pa w would be able to achieve its prime objective of bringing light into the lives of rural population.

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2014

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