Delhi-based solar energy developer Azure Power, has launched a new initiative for mini and micro grids in India, called Azure M-power. It has announced its first commitment to electrify energy poor rural areas in the eastern state of Jharkhand.
The developer has won a project to electrify 320 households across 11 villages through development of mini and micro grids.
The project is part of the state’s Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (JREDA) proposal, which has awarded decentralized distributed solar PV projects, covering 5 years O&M along with power distribution networks to the unelectrified households. The projects are important because according to the Ministry of Power, more than three million households in Jharkhand are unelectrified.
Relating to the project, the Government of India recently announced ‘Saubhagya’ scheme which sanctioned INR 160 billion ($2.5 billion) to help achieve the electrification of 30 million households across the country by March 2019. Mini and micro grid development across India is likely to be core to achieving targets under this program.
Now, with the ventures into micro and mini grids for rural electrification, Azure M-Power will offer reliable and affordable electrification solutions in villages across India that enables sustainable economic development, inclusive growth and resilience against climate change.