Rockefeller Foundation, Tata Power to Partner on Microgrids

Rockefeller Foundation, Tata Power to Partner on Microgrids

Tata Power and the Rockefeller Foundation have announced the launch of an initiative aimed at setting up microgrids across rural India.

In collaboration with Smart Power India (SPI) and the Institute for Transformative Technologies, the initiative, TP Renewable Microgrid, will work to create ten thousand microgrids across the country by 2026, providing clean power to nearly five million households and directly affecting the lives of twenty-five million people. The initiative represents a major scaling up of the foundation's efforts to address energy poverty. In September, the foundation announced the launch of the Global Commission to End Energy Poverty (GCEEP), which will work to fast-track sustainable power solutions, investments, and partnerships globally over the next decade.

The initiative's rollout of thousands of grids will significantly expand the global microgrid footprint and is expected to spur other governments and the private sector to accelerate their efforts to build clean, stable mircrogrids in other markets. Launched by the Rockefeller Foundation in 2015, Smart Power India, which has built distributed systems that provide electricity to more than two hundred villages in rural India, will provide technical expertise for the effort.

"We have an unprecedented opportunity to transform the lives of millions of people in India by providing access to power," said Rockefeller Foundation president Rajiv J. Shah. "Providing reliable electricity to the communities that need it most is one of the best ways for us to end poverty and unleash economic opportunity in our lifetimes."