Energy Need of Rural Poor
Approximately 300-400 million may be without electricity (go to Indian Prime Minister’s Narendra Modi interview)
In a three-legged stool supporting energy needs, the first leg represents the source of energy, the second leg represents financing and the third leg represents technology. India has few fossil fuel resources, it is one of world’s largest importer of oil and most coal available in India has high ash content.
- There is plenty of solar energy with many sunny days. It is free and available all over India.
- Small farms are distributed throughout India. They are the basis of financing this project. In return, they receive a carbon dividend and make no investment.
- Latest technology via Solar Energy US Inc. is available for deployment in India.
Measurable Results: Single project and tightly integrated
Energy supply to the poor farmers is encapsulated in this single project. It is tightly integrated like a jigsaw puzzle. Financing will from multiple entities and corporation in the US who are committed to reducing carbon footprint. Indian Govt. is committed to payments on time: see Mercom Payment Delay by Utility.
Implement: In the pilot phase we implement solar energy farms under Government of India’s KUSUM project. Up to 2 MW projects are permitted on barren lands. The state distribution companies reimburse Solar power plant operators via Purchase Power Agreements (PPA). We will be targeting 50 barren land owners in the states of Gujrat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
Excitement among participants and local farmers is created for expansion. Over a ten year period we will scale up to 1000 MW, make it a challenge to implement. During implementation we will provide them with farm locations, optimized cabling maps, polling locations and grid connections to be successful. Typical implementation steps look as below:
See Project Brochure for pilot (KUSUM) and expansion to 1 GW.
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