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Rural Electricity Access

Without electricity, communities are limited in their ability to access key information services and facilities such as health care, education and livelihood thereby impacting their chances of improved economic and social well being


The Rockefeller Foundation established Smart Power India in 2015 with the vision of providing access to quality and reliable electricity in India to promote economic opportunities for rural communities. SPI extends power to those without sufficient access, with the goal of ending energy poverty and transforming the livelihoods of the underserved. To this end, SPI is continuously striving to build and nurture ecosystems which promote sustainable and scalable models for delivering electricity access


It is known that electricity access and consumption are strongly correlated to economic development and significant poverty reduction. In rural India, lack of access to quality and reliable electricity leads to the community being left out of the development curve and cut off from the modern economy.

We believe that meaningful electricity access is a combination of provision of electricity connections, the predictability of power availability, quality of electricity and service. The goal of positively impacting lives and livelihoods through electricity can only be realized when power is reliable for a village entrepreneur who wants to shore up income or a household that wants to operate an electrical appliance.


We currently have three key areas of focus for providing rural electricity access