SunEdison Inc. has announced a new project that will install 159 kW of solar PV microgrids with battery storage in six remote villages in India, thus bringing electricity to nearly 5,000 off-grid people.
Working with the India government's Rural Electrification Corp. (REC) and the Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam state agency, SunEdison will build, operate and then transfer the facilities to a public entity after five years.
‘The project isn't just about economics: As part of our SunEdison Eradication of Darkness (SEED) initiative, we take into account the long-term social and environmental impact as well," says SunEdison's Pashupathy Gopalan." We believe that a collaborative approach, where private enterprise works closely with the government sector, is a winning model for future solar development in the region.’
SunEdison will begin construction of the microgrids in September after the seasonal monsoon rains subside and commission them by December. The project will be completed under the REC's decentralized distributed generation scheme.