25.01.2012 Haiti leader launches US$45 million solar power program
President Martelly said, "If a country wants to talk about development it's imperative to talk about energy and electricity.”
The Methodist Church of Haiti and The United Methodist Church founded a non-profit organization called the Haiti Solar Oven Project, to bring clean water and food to the devastated populations.
Associated Press has reported that
The smaller Haitian banks have been called on to issue US$30 million in loans with an interest rate of 7%, payable over seven years. The credit will help families purchase solar kits that will each cost between US$250 and US$350.
Following the earthquake two years ago, over half a million Haitians are still living in nearly 800 tent camps, making the need for energy in the country critical to the reconstruction of much of the devastated southern half of Haiti.
Another part of the program, budgeted for US$15 million, will give the government loans so that mayors in the countryside can line
The program joins other efforts to boost energy production in
The Inter-American Development Bank last month announced that it had approved a US$20 million grant to help refurbish
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