The Institute of Transformative Technologies’ (ITT) “Utility in a Box” (UIB) is making its debut in India as three private-sector energy services companies (ESCOs) embark on testing and subsequent field trials of the solar-renewable energy mini/microgrid platform in rural communities. With support from The Rockefeller Foundation’s Smart Power for Rural Development program, ITT has joined with TARA Urja, Mlinda and OMC Power and begun taking steps to deploy UIB solar mini-grids in select Indian villages with some 200 household/commercial loads and 10-12 micro-enterprises.
A modular, turnkey distributed solar-renewable energy resources management solution (DERMS), ITT designed UIB specifically to meet the power and energy needs of rural communities and reduce the resources, costs and time to deployment associated with rural India solar mini-grids. They come complete with smart metering and load management systems, as well as what’s billed as comprehensive, Internet-enabled revenue management capabilities, such as on-bill financing and mobile money gateway integration.
India has emerged as one of a just a few hotbeds for development and deployment of rural renewable mini-grid and mobile pay-go home and community solar-energy storage systems. Fueling growth is the Indian government’s drive to achieve universal electricity access, sustainable development and renewable energy-greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals.
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