Scatec Solar’s Community Solar Power Plants in rural India – a project to demonstrate the attractiveness of solar power for unelectrified rural areas - has been endorsed by the European Commission’s Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign as an Official Partner.
Scatec Solar engaged in rural electrification in emerging markets in 2008 and marked its first projects by the inauguration in January 2009 of two Community Solar Power Plants (CSPPs) in two villages in Uttar Pradesh, India, providing renewable electricity to a total of 150 households as well as to local micro-industry.
- It is very encouraging that the European Commission’s Sustainable Energy Campaign has now endorsed our initiative for rural electrification. This confirms that, with the right approach, decentralized solar PV systems is a viable solution for electricity production in rural areas also in developing countries, Alf Bjørseth, founder and board member in Scatec Solar said.
With the endorsement as Official Partner Scatec Solar is also nominated to the Sustainable Energy Europe Awards Competition 2010 and will be promoted as best practices during Energy Days across Europe.
Scatec Solar’s model is to take a holistic approach that spans all aspects of the installation, operation and maintenance of the PV system, as well as a local revenue model. The beneficiaries are required to pay for the power, and the revenues generated will cover operations and maintenance costs, as well as the replacement of batteries. The contribution by the villagers also ensures that the community is engaged in the operation and maintenance of the plant and should motivate the villagers to take responsibility of the system. The electricity tariffs are based on what villagers currently pay for different sources of energy, such as kerosene and diesel.
Supported by the Indian and Norwegian governments, the electrification of another 30 villages in India is under way and will be completed in the first half of 2010. The experience gained from these initiatives will be used to build a working model which will enable a large-scale roll-out across India and other similar regions of the world.
Scatec Solar has been working closely with Development Alternatives, an Indian NGO, who is responsible for community mobilization, and DD Solar 23 India Pvt. Ltd who was responsible for installation.
About Scatec Solar
Scatec Solar is a global turn-key supplier of solar PV solutions, with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. The company has developed more than 67 MW of grid-connected solar parks in Europe. The company was established in 2007 by Dr. Alf Bjorseth, the founder of, among several other renewable energy initiatives, Renewable Energy Corporation (REC), one of the world’s largest integrated solar energy enterprises.
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