India’s microgrid market is rapidly emerging, driven by multiple factors, including chronically unreliable main utility grids and ambitious government programs to adopt renewable energy and improve energy access – particularly for rural Indians. According to Climatescope, a country-by-country assessment of readiness for renewable energy investment, India ranks second in the list of over 100 countries.
In an effort to meet aggressive renewable energy targets and reduce energy poverty, particularly in rural areas, the India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) was established, as a PPP initiative of the Government of India, to facilitate accelerated development of smart grid technologies in the Indian power sector.
ISGF, who works closely with policy makers, regulators, research and funding organisations, technology companies and electricity supply companies in India and overseas, assists with smart grid roadmap preparation and implementation, policy formulation, standards development, technology selection, operational support, knowledge sharing, training and capacity building.
Ahead of The International Microgrid Event 2020 we chat to Reena Suri, Executive Director at the India Smart Grid Forum, about India’s Microgrid market, and about the climate and social context in India that made the decentralisation of energy a necessity.
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