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Rockefeller Foundation to boost Uganda’s electricity access

Rockefeller Foundation President, Dr. Rajiv Shah (2nd L) and his delegation with President Yoweri Museveni (in a white shirt) at State House, Entebbe on May 23. The Foundation plans to replicate the Smart Power India initiative in Africa starting with Uganda and Kenya The Rockefeller Foundation plans to create a Smart Power Africa initiative on […]

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Minigrids can power rural economic activity, says Smart Power’s Mukherji

Mini grids can spur economic activity in rural areas and accelerate the process of expanding mobile phone network across the country due to their large capacities and the ability to connect to the national grid, according to Smart Power India. A mini grid, as defined by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, is an […]

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Rockefeller Foundation’s mini-grids operational in 106 villages in India

US-based Rockefeller Foundation’s (RF) subsidiary Smart Power India today said its mini-grids are now operational in as many as 106 villages in India. The grids are operational across three states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. In the long-term, Mukherji said these grids have the ability to integrate with the discoms’ grids and would help […]

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RF’s mini-grids operational in 106 villages

Working with govt to support mini-grid sector: Rockefeller New Delhi, Dec 25 (PTI) The Rockefeller Foundation, which has launched an initiative to use renewable power-based mini grids to light up villages, today said it is working with the government to develop central and state policies that support growth of the mini-grid sector in India. Through […]

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RF’s mini-grids operational in 106 villages

New Delhi, May 18 (PTI) US-based Rockefeller Foundations (RF) subsidiary Smart Power India today said its mini-grids are now operational in as many as 106 villages in India. Smart Power India is setting up these mini-grids under the Foundations Smart Power for Rural Development programme. “The mini-grids are now operational in 106 villages in India. […]

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RF’s mini-grids operational in 106 villages

US-based Rockefeller Foundation’s (RF) subsidiary Smart Power India today said its mini-grids are now operational in as many as 106 villages in India. Smart Power India is setting up these mini-grids under the Foundation’s Smart Power for Rural Development programme. “The mini-grids are now operational in 106 villages in India. We are already in the […]

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Mines, Clean Energy and Investment: India’s Triple Bottom Line

he Kamuthi Project, one of the world’s largest solar parks, spread over 2,500 acres in southern India, was commissioned by Adani Power and completed in 2016. By Joseph Kirschke India is the world’s fastest-growing energy consumer and a global leader in clean energy — third only to China and the U.S.  And by 2035, when non-fossil fuel capacity surges from 22 to 54 […]

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Viable solution through DRE mini-grids

The Smart Power for Rural Development’s mission is to develop 1000 Decentralised Renewable Energy (DRE) mini-grids impacting a million lives, says Jaideep Mukherji, CEO, Smart Power India, in a conversation with Surbhi Mehtani. [READ MORE]

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Energy Access Builds Inclusive Economies and Resilient Communities

More girls in rural Bihar, India are going to school after mini-grid-powered household lights give mothers and children two extra hours of evening work and study time. Credit: Manipadma Jena/IPS NEW DELHI, Feb 16 2017 (IPS) – Jaipal Hembrum runs three one-man home enterprises – a bicycle repair shop, a tiny food stall and a […]

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Mini grids can power rural economic activity

Mini grids can spur economic activity in rural areas and accelerate the process of expanding mobile phone network across the country due to their large capacities and the ability to connect to the national grid, according to Smart Power India. A mini grid, as defined by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, is an […]

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Working with govt to support mini-grid sector: Rockefeller

The Rockefeller Foundation, which has launched an initiative to use renewable power-based mini grids to light up villages, today said it is working with the government to develop central and state policies that support growth of the mini-grid sector in India. Through its initiative, the US-based foundation currently has 94 fully operational plants that are […]

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Working with govt to support mini-grid sector: Rockefeller

New Delhi, Dec 25 (PTI) The Rockefeller Foundation, which has launched an initiative to use renewable power-based mini grids to light up villages, today said it is working with the government to develop central and state policies that support growth of the mini-grid sector in India. Through its initiative, the US-based foundation currently has 94 […]

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How Clean Energy Mini-Grids Can Empower Rural India

Far from the national power grid and without access to a reliable source of electricity, Sunil Kumar, the owner of a carpentry shop in Siwan, a district in Bihar, used to take three to four days to build a table. But when a solar-powered mini-grid was installed in his village, Sunil’s livelihood changed. Today his […]

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UP becomes lab for green energy firms looking to tap rural market

Companies, non-profits are testing the viability of supplying power from mini-grids and solar-powered systems New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh, home to about 16% of India’s 1.2 billion population, many of whom have poor or no access to power, is emerging as the preferred testing ground for non-profits and companies trying out new business models as they […]

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Smart power programme boosts small biz in state

PATNA: Raj Kumar Shah of Siwan exemplifies entrepreneurs whose business has grown over the past few months owing to the setting up of a decentralised renewable energy (DRE) mini-grid plant under the Smart Power for Rural Development (SPRD) programme.       Raj Kumar owns a general store cum printing shop near the main village market. […]

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New battery tech to bolster off-grid solar plants

New technology for batteries will soon electrify India’s off-grid power facilities. The Institute of Transformative Technologies (ITT) is currently working on three different battery types in the hope of reducing cost and increasing the lifespan of batteries. Sanjay Khazanchi, Chief Executive, Access to Electricity (India), ITT, explained that storage of electricity produced in off-grid solar […]

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India Matters: Solar Revolution In Uttar Pradesh

Nearly 20 million rural households in Uttar Pradesh have no access to electricity. Over 90 per cent rural households in 5 districts of Uttar Pradesh are unelectrified. (Source: Census 2011) In Hardoi district of Uttar Pradesh, private diesel generators power the rural economy. Noisy, polluting and expensive. The state electricity grid has reached some areas, […]

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Rise of the mini-grids

Rise of the mini-grids: Solar projects are lighting up households beyond reach of main electricity grids For Mithilesh Kumar of Pachlakh village in the agrarian heartland of Bihar, it was a question of pratishtha or prestige. In a rural milieu it matters. Kumar lobbied hard to ensure the first telecom tower in the village was […]

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A grid that not just powers but integrates rural India

Around 80 mn rural households are estimated to have no access to grid power. Off-grid decentralised systems, based on renewable energy, are lighting up around 1,000 villages through government funding. In the first of a two-part series, Business Standard travels to remote villages in Bihar’s Araria district to see how micro-grids are providing a reliable source […]

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Smart Power: Rockefeller Steps Up Its Fight Against “Energy Poverty” in India

Sue-Lynn Moses The Stanford Social Innovation Review recently published a smart analysis by Rachel Pritzker and Mike Berkowitz about why it’s so important for philanthropy to focus on energy. The authors write: We have come to believe that energy is not—and cannot be seen as—just an environmental issue: It is fundamental to the wide array […]

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