Renewable Energy

Clean and renewable energy for the poor and vulnerable rural communities is another focus area of the DA Group. Our technology innovation initiatives have helped operationalise and decentralise renewable energy solutions in the rural areas of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. DA is working in association with Rockefeller Foundation, on Smart Power for Environmentally-sound Economic Development (SPEED) for easy access to affordable and renewable energy services in the rural areas.

SPEED promotes electricity generation through scalable pilots of Decentralised Renewable Energy (DRE) micro-grids. It mimics a grid and has acted as an innovative solution. It utilises the potential of solar off-grids, biomass gassifiers and device-based renewable energy options. Micro-utility Business (MuB), one of our entities, is working with energy service companies in Bihar to take care of all post-power generation tasks in off-grid renewable energy generation, which include distribution, load management and revenue collection. Recently, the DA Group has innovated a new micro-controller based load limiter for load management. It regulates maximum loads on connections and reduces operational costs for off-grid decentralised renewable energy plants.

Moreover, DA has pioneered energy efficient cook stoves for healthy and fuel-efficient cooking for the poor. DA uses agriculture-based residual waste to develop cooking pellets for fuelling green cook stoves. This technology offers cleaner cooking energy solutions and reduces emissions.


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Policy Imperatives for Decentralised Renewable Energy based Micro-Grids in India-Paper

Decentralised Renewable Energy (DRE) solutions for a country like India are economically and environmentally smart options. DRE based mini-grids offer cheaper options in comparison to diesel generators and kerosene.

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Smart Power for Environmentally-sound Economic Development

The long-term goal of SPEED is to contribute to positive impact on the lives of poor and vulnerable populations by providing clean energy to rural communities, thereby improving the quality of life and enhancing livelihood security.

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Solar Energy Villager, Hamari Urja

42,000 villages in India are either un-electrified or de- electrified and over 400 million people do not have access to electricity. This is increasingly becoming one of the major inhibitors to achieving equitable growth and building resilience of poor and vulnerable communities. The programme – ‘Hamari Urja’, thus, seeks to tackle two of the most commonly identified challenges hampering socioeconomic development – availability of basic amenities like electricity and water and adequate livelihood opportunities.

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