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Smart and micro grid systems to power villages across India

US grants signed to power hundreds of villages with no connectivity to electrical grids

The US grants aim to power hundreds of villages with no connectivity to grids
The energy systems aim to power hundreds of villages with no connectivity to electrical grids

The US is working with India to develop energy grids and build up the South Asia country’s electrical infrastructure. Two grants from the US Trade and Development Agency have been signed with Indian power firms to set up smart grid technology and microgrid systems to power hundreds of Indian rural villages with no connectivity to electrical grids. 

The first grant will support a feasibility study for Azure Power, a private sector solar power developer in India. The feasibility study will assess the development of a rural microgrid solar power project that will bring electricity to remote villages in India.

Azure aims to set up over 100 microgrid solar systems, with each system covering an average of two to three acres of rural land with little or no connectivity to existing electrical grids.

The second grant will finance a feasibility study for CESC for the implementation of smart grid technologies across their electricity distribution networks in Kolkata, India. The project is a top priority for CESC, and will improve efficiency and energy reliability for its 2.5 million customers.

Henry Steingass, regional director for USTDA, said: “India has ambitious energy infrastructure development goals. We are pleased to join this trade mission to support those goals.”

The USTDA said India's growing population and rapid economic expansion are placing a strain on the country’s energy infrastructure. Approximately 400 million people do not have grid connectivity, while many households in electrified villages do not have access to grid supply.

The USTDA said: “In response to these challenges, Indian utility companies are making heavy investments in clean energy infrastructure, and these grants will support those investments.”