India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and its Ministry of Power have launched the country’s first renewable energy-based smart mini-grid system.

The system was deployed at The Energy and Resource Institute’s (TERI’s) retreat building in Gurgaon, where several sources of energy were connected. These included 3.2 kW of wind power, 12.5 kW of solar PV, 1 kW of thin-film solar power, and 100 kW of power from a biomass gasifier and genset.

A smart mini-grid is an intelligent electricity distribution network operating at or below 11 kV in which a range of distributed energy resources are combined through smart control techniques.

Technical assistance for the project was given by the Solar Energy Centre of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. Funding from the Indian government amounted to $192,000.

Farooq Abdullah, Minister of New and Renewable Energy, said: “The country must have strong safeguards so that it gets the best technology and also develops it indigenously.”

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