January – March 2022

In 2021, we highlighted the relationship between power, people and the planet. With the start of the new year, we looked into solutions that connect these elements through a green pathway. In this context, we initiated our campaign – #GreenTheGap, to address the gaps that exist in providing universal access to clean and reliable energy. Building on the vision of the recently inaugurated Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet, Smart Power India is focused on addressing three key challenges: providing reliable last-mile electricity access, facilitating inclusive economic development, and supporting the transition from conventional sources of energy to clean and renewable sources.

To contribute towards the clean energy transition in rural India, SPI recently launched the Rooftop Solar programme for commercial and institutional customers that encourages entrepreneurs in rural India to make the switch to green energy, thereby, leading to greater efficiency, increased incomes, and improved well-being. SPI is also working to electrify all the villages in the northeastern state of Nagaland within this decade and spur socio-economic development in the region in partnership with Mithun Rural Development Foundation and the government of Nagaland.

To further the cause of gender equality and bring awareness to challenges and opportunities for rural women, we marked Women’s History month by exploring conversations on how reliable energy access could lead to more gender-equal outcomes with insights from sector influencers. 

We hope you enjoy this new edition of Power Up! – highlights from the last quarter.
A lookback at 2021
#GreenTheGap signifies catalysing sustainable economic growth with greater adoption of #GreenEnergy and providing reliable #EnergyAccess at the last mile without compromising on our #ClimateGoals. Micro-entrepreneurs empowered with reliable energy from Distributed Renewable Energy (DRE) systems like mini-grids and rooftop solar are capable of driving socio-economic growth in rural India. 

The various ‘gaps’ in energy access, economic development, and the use of conventional sources of energy that have been uncovered can be filled by a green pathway and a shift towards reliable and clean energy.  At Smart Power India, we have been consistently working to minimise this gap.  
Let’s #GreenTheGap
The Union Budget 2022-23 pushed energy transition by encouraging domestic production of solar power equipment and batteries, in line with India’s commitments on climate change actions. 

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced allocations for energy efficiency, electric mobility, building efficiency, grid-connected energy storage and green bonds in her fourth and shortest budget speech. Click here to read more.

Key takeaways for the energy sector from Union Budget 2022

Throughout March, we shared perspectives and insights on the impact, access to clean energy has on women and how it transforms their livelihoods.

Launch of Women’s History Month Special Episode of Flip The Switch
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Success of our community radio show in Odisha
Our radio show #AmaGoshtiPragatiBarta’s host RJ Soumya Naik with Hara Prasannaa Rout, VP-All India Private Schools & Welfare Association (PASCWA), Director, Divine Integrity School, during the recording of an episode that was listened to by more than 7,000 people from rural Odisha!
Seen here are our metering, billing and collection agents, composed of women recruited from SHGs, at a monthly collection data review meeting. Our agents actively contribute to improving the quality of Grid electricity supply in rural Odisha.

A landmark moment for rural electrification in Nagaland!

A 20 yrs agreement was signed by Mon District Administration, Nagaland Govt and MRDF for execution & scaling of the ‘Development of North East India through solar Mini-Grids’ project. SPI is proud to partner with MRDF.

Inauguration and ribbon cutting at Totok Chingha Mini-Grid plant, Mon district, Nagaland
Samit Mitra, Senior Director, Smart Power India being felicitated at the inauguration function of a Mini-Grid at Totok Chingha village, Mon district, Nagaland
Mithun Rural Development Foundation, NABARD, World Resource Institute and Smart Power India team members with the Deputy Commissioner of Mon, Nagaland
Solarising of 3 Anganwadi Centres
Successful Commissioning of 2HP for 1 side aeration and 5HP for 2 side aeration
An MoU has been signed between Servotech Power Systems Limited and Smart Power India, with an objective to educate and encourage the use of solar-powered solutions in rural communities of Bihar, UP, Odisha, and Jharkhand. Click here to read more.
Our latest handbook – Solar PV Minigrid Systems, for engineers & developers, provides the best practices for design, installation, operation, and maintenance of solar Mini-Grids
New Year – 1st January
As we approach new horizons, we thank you for your support in 2021
National Youth Day – 12th January
On #NationalYouthDay2022, we celebrated Amit Kumar. His coaching institute, which is equipped with computers & the latest teaching methods thanks to #ReliableElectricity, is a source of #knowledge and career-building for #youth in Bheldi, #Bihar.
National Girl Child Day – January 24th

How does #reliableElectricity help students & educational institutions in rural India?

Schoolgirls from Gumla, Jharkhand share how their performance at school has improved and they can now partake in studies or recreational activities after dark.

International Women’s Day – January 8th march
Women like Sunita, Shashibala and Saina are running successful enterprises by making productive use of reliable electricity. Their story is telling of the potential green energy holds for empowerment of women. Click here to watch the film.
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