The Smart Power for Rural Development (SPRD) program has analyzed various available DRE solutions that could meet some or all of the energy needs of rural India.

Mini-grids appear to be the most suitable solution to catalyze socio-economic development: these can supply not just basic lighting but power livelihood generating activities, such as tailoring, printing and cold storages.

In fact, mini-grids have the potential to become an integral part of India's rural electrification strategy by providing last-mile electrification to under-electrified and un-electrified Indian villages.

Smart Power’s mini-grid plants have helped replace fossil-fuel-based electricity sources for home needs and in productive uses, thereby reducing the carbon footprint of electricity-based activities.

Impact Stories

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How Does Smart Power Impact Lives?

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    80% of children use light to study after dark; average daily increase of study time by 2 hours.

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    70% of users report reduction in incidence of theft and increased personal safety.

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    50% of household users report reduction in eye problems caused due to kerosene lamps.

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    A majority of women report ease in doing domestic chores, freeing up time for productive and leisure activities.

Economic Impact of Smart Power

Micro-enterprises reported longer business hours, resulting in increased customer base and profitability.

Several commercial establishments added more electricity-driven devices, leading to business expansion and diversification.

Skilling and capacity-building of women have resulted in more women in the workforce, resulting in increased household income.