Grants Awarded for Clean Off-the-Grid Energy Projects

Today the Embassy of the United States of America and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy announced grants to nine of India’s top clean energy innovators. The awards were funded through the PACEsetter Fund, a ₹50 crore (US$7.9 million) account maintained jointly between the two governments. PACEsetter Fund awards were given to projects focused on improving the commercial viability of off-grid renewable energy businesses and organizations. These best-in-class solutions are designed to bring clean and reliable electricity to India’s off-grid communities.

The outdoor ceremony at India Habitat Center was led by U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma and the Secretary for the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Upendra Tripathy. These awards were the capstone of a nearly-one-year process of narrowing down a huge field of 146 applicants from all across the nation to just nine finalists. Secretary Tripathy and Ambassador Verma also joined together to announce round two of the PACEsetter Fund which will award another group of grantees in early 2017.

Ambassador Verma said “India has 300 million people without regular access to electricity, that’s almost the population of the United States. And finding innovative ways to deliver clean, renewable, power to them will benefit not just India but the entire world.”

The winning projects were:

  • High rate biomethanation of organic waste for generation of power for off-grid applications
    Ahuja Engineering Services Pvt Ltd (AES)
    Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh
  • Unlocking Clean Home Energy for the Base of the Pyramid – Developing the World’s First Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) Integrated Home Energy System in India
    BioLite   Bhubaneswar, Odisha
  • Waste to Energy Innovation at Small-scale
    Grassroots Energy
    Siwan, Bihar
  • Remote Performance Monitoring & Outsourced Service Management of Solar Pumps and Off-grid Solar PV Plants through an online portal.
    Shri Shakti Alternative Energy Limited
    Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
  • Creation of an Energy Development Finance Company (EDFC)
    Energy Development Finance Company
    New Delhi
  • Development of user friendly gasifier and engine system for irrigation
    OptimaHeat Technologies  Paramakudi, Tamil Nadu
  • Microgrid Remote Monitoring & Control
    Customized Energy Solutions India Pvt. Ltd.
    Pune, Maharashtra
  • Solar PV Micro Grids for Remote Hamlet Electrification
    Mera Gao Micro Grid Power Pvt Ltd
    Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
  • Powering Agriculture: Community Based Solar Pumps
    Environment Conservation Society (Switch ON)
    Kolkata, West Bengal

For more information on the PACEsetter Fund and applying for the second round of funding please see: