The Indian government has embarked on an ambitious rural electrification plan to provide access to electricity to rural India and thereby, transform communities. However, a significant gap remains between electricity supply and demand in rural India. Rockefeller Foundation and its subsidiary, Smart Power India, established Smart Power for Rural Development (SPRD), an innovative, market-based program, to address the situation.
The objective of the SPRD program is to encourage commercially viable models that can enhance energy access to rural India. Accenture has supported both The Rockefeller Foundation and Smart Power India over a two-and-a-half-year period, helping them to program manage the early mini grid plants and accelerate their objective of expanding opportunities for renewable energy-based mini-grids in rural India.
Increased access to electricity has led to social and economic betterment of people in rural India through the creation of new business opportunities, better use of public facilities, and improved perception of safety and security.