Indian renewable energy developer ReNew Power has inaugurated a 16kW micro-grid in Paniyara village, near Varanasi, in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
The village was adopted by ReNew Power in 2016, as part of its Corporate Citizenship initiative, known as SVARG (Smart Village Adopted by ReNew Group), and the micro-grid will power around 200 households, two government schools and the local child care centre.
The company aims to provide off-grid power solutions to 100,000 people in underserved rural communities by 2022. Meanwhile, ReNew also installed the highest amount of solar of any developer in India last year, according to Bridge to India's latest quarterly report.
Earlier this month, ReNew Power also signed an memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government of Uttar Pradesh for the development of 1.2GW of renewable energy in the state, including 1GW of solar and 200MW of waste-to-energy projects, at a cost of INR80 billion (US$1.23 billion).
ReNew has also signed an MoU with the government Andhra Pradesh to develop 1GW of solar and 1GW of wind in the state at a cost of INR130 billion (US$2 billion).