The world has seen Haiti in its most challenged state in the wake of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in 2010. Aside from the lives of thousands, the tragedy also took away the livelihood of a majority of the people in Haiti. Many citizens lost their jobs and homes and were forced to start from scratch. People lost access to basic amenities like clean water and electricity. Some even began to experience hunger and poverty. While these unfortunate incidents devastated the nation, its people did not lose hope. Over the months, the citizens got up on their feet and began rebuilding their country. In fact, the company began to explore its other alternative energy sources and to employ innovations. In the recent months, one of the most talked about innovations in the nation involves the use of the wind power resources available in Haiti.
Wind power is one of the cheapest and most effective sources of alternative energy. The geography of an area affects it viability to accommodate wind turbines since strong wind usually soar in vast lands. And the location and topography of Haiti appears to be promising sites for these new power sources.
The idea of using the wind power resources available in Haiti as energy sources is inspired by the recent developments in a small island in Northwest Africa known as El Hierro. El Hierro is a Spanish nation that now takes pride as the first 100% renewable resource-dependent island in the world. These renewable forms of energy are brought about by the wind and pumped- storage hydro systems built in the country . This project may seem as an elusive dream but considering the similarities between the two nations, the project is beyond possible.
El Hierro’s first consideration in the implementation of the project is to break free from the use of fossil fuels. As time goes on and fossil fuels continue to deplete, the prices of oil and petroleum products are seen to soar. This phenomenon will further pose problems to the people of Haiti since prices of commodities will eventually go up. Having people to shift to alternative sources will make the economy more progressive and the family budget able to buy more. This is just one of the several advantages of wind power.
Aside from the wind power resources available in Haiti, the water resources will also be cheaper and more useful for the people. In El Hierro, the hydro system desalinates the water making it fit for drinking and everyday use. Water is scarce in Haiti , more so potable water, so the conversion of the water into useful and even potable forms will surely make people healthier and more productive. The agriculture sector will especially benefit from this project since irrigation will surely be improved.
The wind power resources available in Haiti together with its water and solar resources pose huge opportunities for the nation to capitalize on for re-building and growth. With proper governance and dedication, Haiti is not far from the independence and sustainability attained by El Hierro. Moreover, it is not far from converting its potential into mediums of progress and development.