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Saturday, March 5, 2016
Power in Numbers: Growing India’s Minigrid Sector - Renewable Energy World
India, the distinction between minigrids, microgrids, and picogrids is a function of size. Minigrids are 10-200 kW projects and are usually powered by solar. Microgrids are generally under 10 kW, and picogrids are even smaller, connecting a handful of homes to a single solar panel. While all of them are an important component of the power access solution, larger minigrids are particularly vulnerable during central grid extension.
How minigrids can coexist with the central grid is unclear and varies by state, although the Modi administration's amendments to power tariffs announced recently could serve as a catalyst for improvements.