Odisha: the leader in green energy
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.
Companies developing micro-grid networks that build thriving communities by using advanced technology to help grid operators improve the reliability and affordability of providing energy to consumers. Examples of companies doing this on large scale are Statkraft in Europe, combining sources of wind, solar, geothermal and natural gas energy to national grids. Turning to the developing space, there are companies that 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. It is not a solution for a community that currently has no electricity. 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.
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