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Mini-Grids

Smart Power India works with a wide range of stakeholders to develop the mini-grid sector in India

OPPORTUNITY

  • India’s grid reliability remains a challenge in rural: In 2019, India achieved near 100% rural electrification, connecting over 300 million households over the past many decades – however, significant challenges remain for the govt. to meet its 24/7 reliable power for all.
  • About 40% of rural C&I customers, especially in low-income, high density rural states of North & East India, are still not connected to the main grid.
  • Moreover, the grid reliability is poor with frequent power cuts (average hours of supply in rural is 16 to 18 hours) and low voltage supply, forcing micro-enterprises and other commercial customers to depend heavily on expensive and polluting diesel.
  • Mini-grids can not only meet the electricity needs of under-served communities, but also spur micro-enterprise activity in a village by significantly lowering electricity costs vis-à-vis diesel.

APPROACH

SPI extends support to ESCOs in the following areas:
  • Project management
  • On-ground demand generation
  • Technological Innovation
  • Knowledge Products and Tools

THE GOAL

  • SPI will drive reliable access & rural economic development in India to complement the central government’s mission for 24/7 power for all, by facilitating deployment of over 4,000 mini-grids by 2025, in partnership with India’s largest power sector company, Tata Power, Mithun Rural Development Foundation, and experienced regional developers such as OMC Power & Husk Power.
  • Today, more than 572 renewable energy mini-grids cumulating to 17.3 MW of capacity are supported by Smart Power India.

IMPACT STORIES

MINI GRID PARTNERS

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