Thursday, November 28, 2019
10:30 am - 02:15 pm
Setting the Context: Decentralised Micro-grids to Power Indias 21st Century Rural Economy
Session I: Debate on Consumer Protection Principles for Clean Energy Micro-Grids in India
Session II: Demand Side Management to Ensure Long-term Micro-grid Sustainability
Session III: Data-driven Business Models for 21st Century Micro-grids
As the exclusive Off-Grid Partner of Intersolar, the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) is partnering with Smart Power India to organise its third edition of the Micro-Grid Workshop at Intersolar India in Bangalore on 28 November 2019.
With the long-term objective to catalyse progress on SDG 7 for India, the workshop will provide an opportunity for project developers and technology providers to share knowledge and latest market developments regarding micro-grid demand side management, types of productive use of energy and data management, as well as to find business partners for existing or upcoming micro-grid projects in India. To showcase innovations from the sector, ARE will also unite Members and other key stakeholders in its Micro-Grid Pavilion located at stand C70 inside the Intersolar exhibition.
While the ‘Saubhagya' scheme of the Government of India has led to growth of centralised grid infrastructure for household electrification, the quality and reliability of electricity supply is still a challenge and can be improved by the help of micro-grids.
Especially distribution in rural areas is a problem causing many hours of brownouts, as underserved businesses therefore often rely on diesel generators for power generation. Because of their proven ability to offer 24x7 reliable and grid quality power with locally available renewable energies, clean energy micro-grids are a fit-for-purpose solution as they can complement the national grid by providing reliable power supply to households and even more importantly to power income-generating productive activities, such as welding and sewing machines, water treatment units and milk chillers. This in turn will support the long-term sustainability of micro-grid businesses creating a virtuous rural inclusive development cycle empowering local entrepreneurship and creating local jobs.
Going hand in hand with better understanding of productive uses of renewable energies and the demand side of micro-grids, powerful data acquisition and management tools are also emerging as key assets, which are expected to help shaping the decentralised renewable energy future of India and to ensure long-term sustainability of projects.
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