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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Distirbuted generation and distribution solar light in MP

A very good experiment in one of the hinterland villages in Guna (meerwada)

can become a model for many inaccessible villages and a good place of philanthropy for rich NRIs and companies who want to do something in MP

SunEdison has announced the launch of a 15KW plant in Meerwada, a remote village in Guna district, Madhya Pradesh. Meerwada is the first village to be selected by SunEdison as part of the company’s Rural Electrification Programme, SunEdison Eradicating Darkness (SEED), a programme that aims to electrify many remote villages across India, Africa and South East Asia through solar powered mini-grids.
The plant was inaugurated by Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry in a ceremony marked by inspiring speeches from Shri Scindia and Pashupathy Gopalan, managing director, South Asia and Sub-Saharan Operations, SunEdison.
At the inauguration ceremony, Gopalan, said, “We are proud to introduce the SunEdison Eradicating Darkness programme, and we are excited by the prospect of providing electricity to remote villages in India, Africa and South East Asia that do not have access to sustainable, reliable sources of electricity. This project has become a reality thanks to the continued support, commitment and vision of Shri Scindia, Honourable Minister of State for Commerce and Industry. We look forward to continued deployment of solar power in India as a means to accelerate the electrification of villages while preserving natural resources and protecting the environment.”
SunEdison, leveraging its extensive experience in developing and operating successful solar plants across geographies, is responsible for building, financing, operating and maintaining the Meerwada plant. Trained and educated by SunEdison on the usage and benefits of electricity, the villagers have already started reaping the benefits of electricity. They can now make use of basic electric appliances like lights, fans and TVs, their children can study for longer hours, and chores can be performed more efficiently. In addition, with the installation of street lights, the village has become a safer place.

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