On April 1st, 2015, Smart Power India was established by The Rockefeller Foundation to manifest their vision of a progressive and sustainable power sector and enabling the lives of multitudes of communities through the power of reliable energy access. This month, we complete 6 years of advocating for issues affecting the power sector such as improving customer experience, leading in-depth innovative technology led solutions, and highlighting socio-economic factors that drive outcomes in the energy access ecosystem, such as the role of women in productive use of power and derivative results of reliable electricity in healthcare, sustainability and climate action.

Here is a montage of key conversations we have raised over the years!


The 2021 Union budget presented by the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on February 1, was a much anticipated event for the energy sector. We highlighted major trends and expectations from this year’s allocation for the power sector and discussed key focus areas for an effective way forward, and drove expert commentary around its implications.

More reads:
"Modi to Spend $42 Billion to Revive Power Retailers"
"Budget 2021: What Renewable Energy Industry Seeks from Finance Minister"


Building on the implications the budget, SPI organised an online panel discussion with eminent experts and contributors in the energy sector to discuss the future of access and effective implementation of the new policy directions. The discussion was focused on policy recommendations and strategies which can be utilised to create a roadmap for more reliable access to electricity in the coming year and contextualizing the upcoming recommendations for better reliability and access.
The conversation is available to read and interact with here.
More reads:
"Grid Innovation is Key to Fulfilling India’s USD 5 Trillion Economy Dream"
"Power Sector Outlook 2021:A defining year for India’s clean energy future"


The global conversation on ending energy poverty has consistently recognized gender equality as an inevitable aspect of our transition to more sustainable outcomes for the energy sector. On International Day for Women, SPI decided to resonate this belief by raising conversations around key aspects of gender and energy access and how we envision the future of the power sector in our campaign #ShePowers, where we shared stories of women’s role as catalysts in the future of energy access as consumers, drivers of economic progress as well as members of the energy service industry.
We believe in #ShePowers!
Reliable Electricity Access for Women Empowerment
Kisan Samwad is a farmer communication activity at TP Renewable Microgrid plant in Saidpur(Samastipur), Bihar. All the women are farmers and beneficiaries of the solar #MiniGrid powered irrigation system in their village.

Webinar on ‘Women as Catalysts in the Future of Energy Access’

#ShePowers led us to gather a panel of experts to discuss key themes surrounding manifestation of gender outcomes in energy access. We focused on looking at energy access from a gender-lens, women’s position in the energy value chain, and their role in achieving SDG7. We also discussed the impact of COVID and changing scenarios for access especially for women and how we can drive economic and social empowerment of women through equitable energy access.
The recording of the webinar is available here.

A Film on The Model Distribution Zone Pilot Program, Odisha

SPI’s Model Distribution Zone Pilot program in Odisha is one of the most effectively applicable service models in rural India leading to better customer satisfaction and livelihood opportunities for the community. Watch this short film that captures its impact.

Read this article by Jaideep Mukherji, Chief Executive Officer, Smart Power India and William Brent, Director – Communications, Power for All
“Grid Innovation is Key to Fulfilling India’s USD 5 Trillion Economy Dream”

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