Microgrids, Off-Grid

Do Electrified Villages in Developing Regions Need Microgrids?

A new video produced with support from international development agency USAID takes a closer look at microgrid development in India and the need to bring these independent solar and battery-based systems to villages already connected to the main grid.

Despite having access to grid electricity, residents explain that grid power is unreliable; on for a week and off for two weeks. Microgrids, on the other hand, can provide the consistency agricultural regions need to grow and thrive.

Produced by New Asia Ventures, an investment finance firm, the video features the development work of nonprofit microgrid provider Mlinda. According to Mlinda, the nonprofit last year installed eight pay-per-use microgrids, and has plans to install an addition 50 through the end of 2019.

Watch the video and hear from residents about the benefits of these standalone power systems.