Smart Power India (SPI) has released the findings of its ‘Demand Generation Manual for Solar Mini-grid.’ According to SPI, the objective of the manual is to suggest ways to generate demand for solar mini-grids and increase electricity consumption among underserved rural communities for better social and economic development.
The mini-grid sector has played a critical role in providing access to reliable electricity in rural India. Reliability of electricity not only enhances the lighting and productive uses but only spurs micro-enterprise activities in the villages.
The energy service companies (ESCOs) running mini-grids need to focus on meeting rural India’s existing power demand along with building additional demand for power by supporting the development of local micro-enterprises to ensure financial viability and economic growth.
Jaideep Mukherji, CEO, SPI said, “India has made phenomenal strides in achieving universal electrification. It is indeed a welcome development that due to the government’s persistent efforts, all villages in India have been electrified and today, almost 100 percent of households have received electricity connections.
Now that the government has achieved this commendable feat, it is time to shift attention to the next electrification challenge of providing reliable electricity supply not just for lighting purposes but also for productive use.”