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Smart Microgrids for Renewable Energy Access in Remote Areas Solution by: Gram Power

Gram Power sets up energy-efficient, smart microgrids in remote areas to provide on-demand, reliable electricity to telecom towers and rural households.

The Triple Bottom Line

Environmental The smart grid system replaces fossil fuel power with renewable sources, thereby cutting CO2 emissions significantly.

Social Rural communities get a reliable energy supply, replacing unhealthy kerosene use in lighting and cooking.

In off-grid communities and villages with less than six hours of daily power supply, Gram Power sets up generation stations with renewable sources of energy and installs distribution lines from the generation station to every home and telecom tower. The microgrid comes with a proprietary smart prepaid meter for every recipient. This solution offers reliable power to the microgrid with the smart meter detecting energy theft, while monitoring power consumption of consumers and allowing for wireless payments. Once a microgrid has been installed, a local entrepreneur is recruited and trained to operate the plant and sell power. Gram Power sells energy credits at a wholesale price to the entrepreneur, who in turn earns a commission by selling these credits to consumers. Why a Sustainia100 solution?

Economic Homes consume power with an accessible prepaid model. 17 US cents a day can buy enough power to operate lights, fans, cell phones, and TVs.

The International Energy Agency estimates that more than 1.3 billion people do not have access to electricity. 1 The smart microgrid system developed by Gram Power has been a role model in its field to provide flexible, modular, and reliable power from renewable sources of energy to people in energy-poor communities.

Developed: India

Deployed: India 

$ International Energy Agency. “World Energy Outlook 2014”. Report. 2014.


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$ Smart Meter

Sustainia100 2014