Energy Infrastructure

Assessing current infrastructure and designing a smart solar solution to energy provision in the State of Odisha.

Vision

Odisha: the leader in green energy

THe Problem

Bhubaneswar aims to be the Green City of India. It was the first choice of the Ministry of Urban Development’s (MoUD) flagship Smart City project. A year later, it featured in the top 20 global cities of the world in the Global Smart City Performance Index 2017, according to a survey by UK-based Juniper Research. Whilst Bhubaneswar is performing well across multiple areas there are also inherent weaknesses in the cities infrastructure, culminating in the city failing to perform in follow-up Smart City assessments and it experiencing negative publicity in handling climate effects in 2018.

There is an inherent need to overhaul their existing energy infrastructure. The government is aware of this and has committed funds to allocate towards private sector organisations with innovative means to increase solar energy in the city and the greater state of Odisha.

Reliable Energy

Consistent, dependable energy is a foundational infrastructure requirement for other functions of an effective, productive city such as the provision of healthcare, transport and communications.

ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

Consistent energy enables better education through light at night for studying and to pursue additional work opportunities. It enables the use of mobile phones which increases access to education, information and other economic opportunities.

Environmental sustainability

Through renewable energies Bhubaneswar seeks to become a green city and improve the quality of life for it’s over 1 million inhabitants. If achieved, it will future proof the cities sustainability from an energy standpoint.

KEY PARTNERS

Village Energy– Village Energy builds thriving communities by using advanced technology to help grid operators improve the reliability and affordability of providing energy to consumers. They focus on the long term role of the electricity grid and target high growth developing markets, where a grid (of some form) already exists, but the quality and reliability of energy is poor and profitability is hard to achieve. They are not a solution for a community that currently has no electricity, but once the first, basic energy needs are met, we take it to the next level – improving reliability, quality, and affordability. Enter, PE Ventures.
Niyatee Foundation – The Niyatee Foundation has worked with thousands of households across the state of Odisha and works regularly with the government sector to achieve its objectives. An example of their work is the 200,000 women they have engaged with for economic empowerment projects, in indicator of their involvement and resources in this space.
Action Aid – We are working with Action Aid through their community engagement officers to appropriately access slums and villages to better understand how we can improve their lives through inherently beneficial products and services. Action Aid’s focus is predominantly on farmers, nutrition and economic empowerment of women.

HOW IT WORKS

The project aims to increase the environmental sustainability of the state of Odisha through the rollout of renewable energies. The assessment is to ensure this is done in the most cost effective and socially appropriate manner – endorsement from the state government and initial subsidies will assist greatly in the number of positively impacted households. Through a partnership with Village Energy, PE Ventures will aim to create smart networks to manage power generation and sell excess from individual’s homes to businesses that need it. Regardless of submitting a proposal to the state government, an in-depth understanding of the state’s energy infrastructure and people energy use requirements is important to determine our core value proposition and the means in which we provide this. An option for people who are currently “unpowered” is our existing work in Malawi with Solar Consulting. This is a small scale solar set up that provides access to light and phone charging with a solar panel and a battery for night-time hours. A more complex opportunity for the state of Odisha is rolling out full solar set ups and partnering with an organisation that uses technology, rather than infrastructure to flip the energy delivery model on its head. Their platform draws from low cost node devices that connect us to each consumer. The platform turns the grid into a collection of microgrids, and allows the use of data to manage the grid in real time. This is not just reporting, we can then automatically keep supply and demand in balance to provide income to solar panel owners with excess energy and consistent power to businesses that need power.

The business model

The opportunity to achieve a sustainable business model to support the social impact is to be determined as part of the assessment.

KEy Value Proposition

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This is to be determined through our assessment process. The inherent value of our assessment process is that we are not going into India with a planned solution already in mind, we will assess what is best suited to the context.

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