Princeton Power Systems Energizes the Microgrid Market in Cuba, Haiti, and the Caribbean
Princeton Power Systems — a leading global designer and manufacturer of technology products and embedded software for energy management, microgrid operations, and electric vehicle charging — has made moves to expand efforts in the Caribbean and developing island nations, leveraging its base of operating projects in Jamaica, Haiti, the Bahamas, and Bermuda, with an eye toward building collaborations in Cuba.
Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer Darren Hammell visited Cuba in April with a delegation from the New Jersey Technology Council.
“Like many nations in the Caribbean, Cuba has a stated goal of developing renewable energy sources and reducing its reliance on imported fuel,” Hammell said. “Princeton Power Systems was invited to Cuba to learn about opportunities and to discuss distributed solar and energy storage technologies that could play a significant role in Cuba’s future energy production.”
Haiti is also looking toward expansion of renewables and distributed generation, especially since the earthquake in 2010 that severely damaged its infrastructure and left roughly two thirds of the country without access to electricity. Especially in rural areas, economic and human development is handicapped by lack of reliable electricity, which affects health and safety, and limits opportunities for education and entrepreneurship. In areas without electricity, people often rely on burning kerosene, charcoal and wood.
Princeton Power Systems has worked with Home Control, a leader in home automation, renewable energy, and audio engineering for residential, commercial, and industrial customers with a focus in the Caribbean and Haitian market, for several years developing the market, and recently launched a distribution partnership enabling Home Control to develop commercial and residential projects with Princeton Power products.
“This is an ideal time to introduce solar power into Haiti on a large scale,” said Gerard Boulos, president of Home Control. “Since the earthquake in 2010 damaged Haiti’s electrical grid, solar lanterns have become increasingly common. Constructing solar-powered microgrids is the logical next step. Haiti’s government has a goal of bringing solar electricity to rural areas. Solar power can improve the economic well-being of Haiti while supporting public safety, health and education.”
Haiti has a massive untapped solar energy potential, according to a report by Climate Investment Fund. There is high solar irradiation across the nation throughout the year. Solar Microgrids with storage can often be designed, built, and operating in less than three months, making them the fastest way to bring reliable electricity to rural areas. Princeton Power and Home Control have projects operating in Haiti today, and the distribution partnership will allow efficient replication of these successful case studies.
Princeton Power Systems’ patent-pending Energy Management Operating Systems™ (EMOS) and bi-directional converters have been used by many high-profile clients, including microgrids on Alcatraz Island in California and Annobon Island in Equatorial Guinea.
About Princeton Power Systems
Princeton Power Systems, based in New Jersey and founded in 2001, designs and manufactures state-of-the-art technology solutions for energy management, microgrid operations, and electric vehicle charging. The company is a global leader working with customers and partners across North America, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. It manufactures UL- and CE-certified power electronics that are used in advanced battery operations and alternative energy, with built-in smart functions for ancillary services. The company solves power issues to allow continued growth of distributed renewable energy by providing energy storage solutions that are proven to work, even in harsh environments. Princeton Power Systems builds integrated systems and designs, commissions and operates microgrids for leading organizations including Fortune 500 automakers and industrial companies. It also works with nonprofit organizations. The company proudly manufactures its products in the USA. More information about Princeton Power Systems is available at http://www.princetonpower.com.
About Home Control
Home Control is a company providing home automation, audio engineering, and renewable energy in Haiti. Originally founded in 1990 in Miami, Fla., the company relocated to Haiti and has now been in business there for 19 years. Its founder and president, Gerard Boulos, has been interested in renewable energy since the 1970s.
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