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.

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Jennifer Delony, analyst for TransmissionHub, started her career as a B2B news editor in the local and long-distance telecommunications industries in the '90s. Jennifer began covering renewable energy issues at the local level in 2005 and covered U.S. and Canadian utility-scale wind energy as editor of North American Windpower magazine from 2006-2009. She also provides analysis for the oil and natural gas sectors as editor of Oilman Magazine.

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