Project for the improvement of solar energy access in rural communities in Haiti
Utilities & Environmental Management Services
IDB ProjectHA-L1140 : Improving Electricity Access in Haiti
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The PHARES. The Programme Haïtien d'Accès des communautés Rurales à l'Energie Solaire: The program was launched on September 2, 2020 by the Government of Haiti with initial support from the financing programs “Improving Electricity Access in Haiti” ”(HA-L1140 ) financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the “Renewable Energy for All Project” (TF0A5191) financed with funds from the SREP through the World Bank (WB). PHARES is developed by the Government of Haiti in close collaboration with the IDB and the World Bank, and implemented by the Ministère des Travaux Publics, Transports et Communications (MTPTC), through its Energy Cell, which is the competent authority to carry out the Program, the Autorité Nationale de Régulation du Secteur de l'Energie (ANARSE) and the Unité Technique d'Exécution del Ministère de l'Economie et des Finances (UTE-MEF), as executing agency.
The main objective of PHARES is to increase the access of rural and peri-urban communities to solar energy and in particular to provide access to affordable, accessible sustainable and high quality electricity, through sustainable energy services, through mini-grids using renewable energy, storage and conventional generation units (if necessary), developed and operated by private sector operators. In this mix, at least 50% of the energy produced and consumed must be generated from renewable energy sources. The Program provides grants to complement the CAPEX to ensure the sustainability of the electricity service provided and access to this service at affordable cost for the users.
The Process. In the framework of PHARES, this call consists of a transparent rolling-basis and two-step process for the award of grants and concessions to eligible mini-grid developers for the design, construction and operation of renewable energy mini-grids. The first step of the application process is to submit the Proposal Concept (PC) form that helps PHARES to learn more about the Applicant’s organization, its partners and the planned project, focusing on its overall concept and objectives. Please note that the submission of a PC form is the first step in applying for funding but it does not guarantee an invitation to submit a Full Proposal or the award of a grant or a concession. PCs will be evacuated and selected on the basis of the eligibility of Applicants and proposals, according to the criteria announced in the INSTRUCTONS document and the availability of funds. Only those PCs validated by the evaluation committee will be invited to submit Full Proposals in the second stage of the process, while the PHARES team guarantees all Applicants a feedback on their PCs. Successful Applicants at the second stage will receive a grant to complement their investments and a concession.