SunEdi­son ac­cel­er­ates mis­sion of bring­ing power to re­mote ar­eas

Power Watch India - - DISPATCHES NATIONAL -

SunEdi­son an­nounced a new project that will in­stall 241 kilo­watts (kW) of so­lar PV mi­cro-grids with bat­tery stor­age in 54 re­mote In­dian vil­lages, bring­ing cost ef­fec­tive elec­tric­ity ac­cess to 7,800 off-grid in­di­vid­u­als. Un­der the gov­ern­ment’s de­cen­tralised dis­tri­bu­tion gen­er­a­tion scheme ad­min­is­tered by the REC and Andhra Pradesh East­ern Power Dis­tri­bu­tion Company (APEPDCL), SunEdi­son will build, op­er­ate and then trans­fer the fa­cil­i­ties to the pub­lic within five years, putting the power of gen­er­a­tion into the hands of the peo­ple.

Pashu­pa­thy Gopalan, Pres­i­dent, SunEdi­son Asia Pa­cific, said, “Rough ter­rain and limited road ac­cess make this project the most dif­fi­cult ru­ral in­stal­la­tion SunEdi­son has at­tempted to date, but it isn’t just about lo­gis­tics or eco­nomics for us, it’s about cre­at­ing pos­i­tive, long term so­cial and en­v­i­ron- men­tal im­pact as well.”

SunEdi­son also an­nounced a new grant to en­able 200 salt farm­ers in the Lit­tle Rann of Kutch area to pur­chase so­lar wa­ter pumps. The so­lar wa­ter pumps will be used by the fam­i­lies to pump brine and ul­ti­mately to pro­duce salt. The salt farm­ers have been us­ing diesel pow­ered pumps, but ris­ing diesel fuel prices have eroded their in­come and driven many of them into poverty.

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