MSMEs to benefit from smart city, renewable energy, and Digital India initiatives

Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and the country's economy get a boost when sustained major investments take place in sectors that are reliant on high tech and aligned with global trends. 

While increasing dependence on renewable sources of energy and building new cities that are smart, more resource efficient and meet the administrative needs of the future are some of the global investment trends, information and communication technologies are becoming all pervasive. 

India has embarked on a new economic growth model that is well aligned with global technological and developmental trends. Generating 175 GW of electric power from renewable sources of energy of which 100 GW will come from solar power, building 100 smart cities, rejuvenation transformation of around 500 existing mid-sized cities that have a population of around 100,000, digitizing India, and making India a global manufacturing hub are some of the pillars on which the new growth model rests. 

An interesting aspect of these growth initiatives is the synergy among them and their strong linkages with manufacturing and service sectors. These are large growing sectors and MSMEs are dominant stakeholders in the related ecosystems. 

Thrust on renewable energy 
India, despite emerging as the world's third largest producer of electric power, is still not able to provide electricity to all and the International Energy Agency's World Energy Statistics 2013, places the country at a dismal 110th position in terms of per capita consumption of energy. 

The country remains a laggard both in terms of per capita consumption of electricity and access to all. As the county's economy expands, its appetite for electric power is bound to keep further escalating in the years to come. It has to keep adding additional generating capacity for many more decades and significant share of that has to come from renewable sources of energy. There are compelling reasons for the country to place greater thrust on solar, wind and such others to ensure the country' .. 

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Smart Grid Bulletin February 2019

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