SANTA ANA, Calif.
(AP) A solar panel can be installed on a roof of a Haitian home and generate electricity, a milestone that will allow the country to provide its poorest citizens with a source of energy that can be relied on.
The installation on the roof of an apartment building in the town of Guiampol, which was built to support the Haitian military, comes a week after President Michel Martelly declared a state of emergency in the northern port city of Delft.
The goal is to bolster the island’s electricity generation capacity to provide about 80 percent of its households with power.
“It’s a dream to be able to bring a solar panel on the ground, to give power to the people of Haiti,” said Todou Ouang, a former minister in Martelly’s government who is now the deputy mayor of Delforts town.
The government has been working on installing solar panels on roofs of residences and commercial buildings since at least late September, when a pilot project began.
It also is working to expand the scope of the program, which is expected to cost about $1.3 million, said Déborfos Martelly, a spokesman for the country’s government.
“We’ve had the support of the United States, and we’ve had some financial support from private and public sources,” he said.
“We have a lot of work to do.”
Ouang said the government will provide about 60 percent of the panels and a contractor will oversee the rest of the work.
“In addition, we will provide support for training of local people, in order to be ready for the project,” he added.
The U.S. is one of many countries that have contributed to Haiti’s ambitious solar energy project.
The U.N. is providing about $20 million in financing for the installation of panels.
The United Nations is also supporting a project in Puerto Rico that has already been inaugurated, with about $3 million in assistance.
The United States has provided about $5 million in funding to Haiti, according to Martelly.
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, a close U.A.E. ally, also is helping.
She is hosting a U.H. conference in Delft on Friday that will include the Delfort project.
“The U .
K. is helping us as a partner, and the U.U.S.,” Martelly said.
The Delfours project is a collaboration between U.R.L.M. and the nonprofit International Renewable Energy Agency.
It aims to build a solar array to power homes, with a goal to produce enough electricity for 200,000 people.
Ulloa, a Haitian businessman, has been trying to sell his home to help support the project.
He bought it from a local businessman in 2014 for $9,000.
The roof has an open space in the center that the company is now installing solar cells in.
Ulloa says it was not cheap to purchase it.
“They sold it for just $1,000, and I’m not talking about what they gave me for that,” he told the Associated Press by telephone.
He said he has to work for $1 a day to pay for the electricity.
“I don’t know how I can live without this, to have that,” said Ullola, who has a two-year-old daughter.
Uelloa has had to work extra hard to pay the electricity bills.
He estimates that the electricity bill will be about $250 per month when it is fully operational.
“That’s not enough to live on,” he noted.
Ulla is not the only Haitian entrepreneur working to sell their homes to provide power.
Other people are working to make money off the project by installing solar equipment, and selling the panels on eBay.
The auctions are not legally sanctioned in Haiti.
Haiti has been struggling to provide electricity to its citizens for years.
Electricity has been intermittent since the start of the 2011 earthquake, and electricity is a key source of income for many of Haiti’s poorest people.
It is difficult for many people to get enough electricity, which in many cases is provided by generators that are not working.
In Haiti, where more than one million people live on less than $1 per day, the lack of reliable power is especially important, as the country has limited natural gas supplies.
The country has been using a mix of diesel generators, diesel pumps, and coal-fired power plants to provide generators for many years.
In December 2016, the U-Haul shipping company was fined $300,000 for illegally dumping waste in the harbor.
The company has since been shut down, and more than 300 Haitians are still homeless.
A government official in Haiti said the country was trying to get international donors to fund projects like Delfonts, which are a step in the