SunEdison accelerates mission of bringing power to remote areas
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.