The SPRD program defines renewable energy based mini-grids as systems that use a renewable energy– based generator with capacity of 10 kW or more to supply electricity to a specific set of customers, such as households, commercial establishments and institutional organizations and/or for productive uses, through a public distribution network.

Mini-grids can provide power for both lighting and productive uses and have the potential to be integrated with the government grid.
Smart Power

As of March 2017, Smart Power energy service company (ESCO) partners are operating 106 plants across Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.

The plant sizes range from 10 KW to 70 KW.
ESCO Partners

Energy service companies (ESCOs) are key enablers that can ensure the success of the SPRD program in India. SPI is proactively engaged with a range of potential ESCO partners in supporting their expansion in the decentralized renewable energy (DRE) mini-grid space through a range of project development and community engagement services.

SPI plays a critical role in building the DRE mini-grid market place in rural India with its partner ESCOs, with the following support functions:

  • Connector.Connector.

    Project development support to assist with business modelling, site identification and site surveys;

  • Connector.Connector.

    Build support to assist with technical/design knowledge and vendor contacts;

  • Connector.Connector.

    Community engagement, load development (B2B & B2C) and micro-enterprise development support; and

  • Connector.Connector.

    Ongoing support with data monitoring tool, training support, knowledge sharing and policy advocacy.

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

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