Smart Power India (SPI) was established by The Rockefeller Foundation to implement the Smart Power for Rural Development (SPRD) program.

Through the SPRD program, SPI spurs economic development among underserved rural population in India by providing access to reliable electricity and enables the setting up of commercially viable business models for ESCOs.

    To spur economic development in villages through access to reliable electricity provided by renewable energy mini-grids.

    To enable an ecosystem that drives socio-economic development through sustainable renewable energy mini-grids in 1000 villages, impacting a million lives.


Mini-grid development in rural India: Review of the business case, October 2017
This report analyses the commercial and operational performance of the Smart Power program supported rural mini-grids, based on the data captured in 2017.
Smart Power India : Energizing rural development
Read the SPI brochure to know more about who we are, what we do and the geographies we operate in.
Smart Power Connect May 2017
This issue of Smart Power Connect explores the efforts, success stories and challenges faced in our mini-grid journey so far.


Smart Power ESCO partners are operating 106 plants impacting over 40,300 lives across Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.

Currently, in India there are seven ESCO partners under the SPRD program.

81% of the plants use solar energy. 19% use biomass and some use solar/biomass hybrid technology.


A key pillar of the Smart Power for Rural Development program is village-level micro-enterprise development.

The program facilitates and supports the setting up of new enterprises or expanding existing enterprises that can foster local economic development and lead to electricity consumption from the Smart Power mini grid plant.

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Gaining access to electricity opens up greater opportunities for economic development in rural India, creating jobs and new industries, increasing productivity, improving access to education and learning, and engaging more communities in civic participation.

How does access to reliable electricity transform rural lives?

Watch how women self-help groups of Pasanga, Gumla, Jharkhand, have replaced manual hulling with rice hullers running on mini-grid electricity to increase yield, improve efficiency and save time.

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How does improved energy access power rural communities?

Our latest video shows how availability of mini-grid electricity has helped a local entrepreneur set up a mini cold storage in Gumla, Jharkhand, which is proving to be a big boon for wholesalers of perishable commodities, such as fruits.

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How can mini-grids help rural businesses be more productive?

Watch how assured electricity from the Smart Power mini-grids is helping rural entrepreneurs from Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, enhance productivity and maximise profits.

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How does reliable electricity help farmers enhance productivity?

Take a look at how reliable electricity from solar-powered mini-grids is fast-replacing kerosene as a fuel and helping farmers such as Meghu Sahu, Kashira village, Jharkhand, maximise crop yield and increase profits.

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How does reliable mini-grid electricity help rural youth attain employable skills?

Our latest video shows how reliable electricity from a solar-powered mini-grid in Kathkuiyan, Uttar Pradesh, India, provides young people in rural areas a chance to attain employable skills.

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How does reliable electricity help rural entrepreneurs increase customer base and boost earnings?

Watch how Manoj Yadav, a garment shop owner in Tamkuhi Raj, Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, boosted shop sales and increased customer satisfaction with the help of reliable electricity from Husk Power minigrid.

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