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SunEdison has embarked upon a rural electrification program that will see the solar company install and manage distributed-generation solar power plants in villages in India that until now have not had access to electricity. Dubbed the ‘Eradication of Darkness’, the program’s upcoming phase will see the installation of the systems in 29 villages in the Guna District.
This is part of SunEdison’s increasing activity in India, where it has installed over 50MW of solar projects to date. The company completed a 14kW solar plant in Meerwada, India, which had been designed and engineered as a pilot project for rural electrification.
The electrification of the 29 villages in Guna will be funded through a combination of government grants and private funds from other investors and corporations.
"As challenging as logistics are in rural electrification, it is important that residents have a voice in the development, deployment and management of a solution," said Pashupathy Gopalan, managing director of South Asia and Sub-Saharan Operations for SunEdison. "We have worked very hard to understand their needs and provide education about the possibilities of electricity. We believe education is one of the most important aspects to ensuring the project's success."