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US firm to deploy smart grids for India

California’s Nexant selected to scale up and install smart grids technologies

The smart grids project is set to strengthen grid power distribution across India

A US firm is to develop a smart grid project in India. California firm Nexant will work with the Indian government to scale up and deploy smart grid technologies in the BRIC country.

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has selected Nexant to lead the agency’s Partnership to Advance Clean Energy Deployment (PACE-D) technical assistance project in India.

Under PACE-D’s five-year scope, Nexant’s team of Indian and US clean energy experts will work closely with USAID and Government of India counterparts to scale up and deploy innovative energy efficiency and smart grid technologies and practices. They also plan to advance commercial, market-driven renewable energy technologies; support supply-side efficiency from clean coal power generation; and enhance greenhouse gas mitigation programs. 

Nexant said the PACE-D platform will enable public and private stakeholders to develop, test, validate, and commercialise innovative technologies for the growing low-carbon market. It will also help US and Indian clean energy developmental partners to overcome common business challenges and barriers to deliver environmental, social, and economic benefits from clean energy deployment.

Basem Sarandah, Nexant CEO, said: “Nexant is pleased to support USAID’s clean energy initiative in India. Our own growing presence in the region underscores our commitment to providing critically needed clean energy and energy efficiency technology and services throughout Asia. In particular, we are eager to work with our local partners to support India’s efforts to transform its energy economy and look forward to making a significant contribution toward that goal under the PACE-D program.”

“We will pursue a consultative approach to building stakeholder capacity, engaging the private sector, and establishing an enabling ecosystem to scale up clean energy deployment in India,” said Dick Edwards, nexant vice president and PACE-D officer-in-charge. “We also plan to work closely with USAID to coordinate additional US government interagency resources that may benefit the overall PACE-D effort.”

The deal is the latest smart grid development between a BRIC country and the US this month. It follows Brazil’s ELO Sistemas Eletronicos and California’s Trilliant partnering to provide a smart grid solution across Latin America.