CleanBiz Asia reports that smart grids and renewables will be delivering electricity to India’s remote areas.

India has begun setting up computerized ‘smart’ mini-grids, powered with renewable energy sources, to provide electricity in inaccessible areas. India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) last month commissioned the country’s first ‘renewable energy-based smart mini-grid system’ at Gurgaon, outside New Delhi.

The computerized electricity distribution system is equipped with sophisticated sensors and control devices to manage local electricity supply drawn from a mix of solar cells, micro-hydro power plants, wind turbines and biomass.

India’s national power grid and small diesel-powered generators provide back-up power if the renewable energy supply fails.  Since wind and solar are not always available, the computerized smart grid switches from one electricity source to another depending on demand and supply availability. Similar grids are widely used in advanced and developing countries

About half of India’s population of 1.1 billion (and 44% of its rural population) does not have access to electricity.


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1 Comment on Powering India’s Remote Areas

  1. Elroy Jetson says:

    Perhaps the province of Ontario’s Premier Dalton McGuinty should have signed a contract with the Indian experts in ‘alternative energy’ instead of Samsung?