This project was a pioneering one, as it helped bring to the fore, the technical, policy, regulatory and commercial challenges facing off-grid integration in India and helped to provide the necessary groundwork for subsequent policy and regulatory design models focusing on rural energy access and micro-grid scale-up.
The project was awarded by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) with financial support from the World Bank.
WISE selected a few villages in Nandurbar district of Maharashtra as a test case and assessed the load profiles and load curve. It estimated the local RE resource potential, selected optimized technology configurations, analysed and modelled demand-supply scenarios, estimated project costs and identified possible financing streams. It analysed the techno-economic viability of the project in order to prepare and submit a DPR and bid document for setting up an RE based micro-grid project.