- Tata Power Delhi Distribution (TPDDL), the country’s leading power distribution company which is supplying uninterrupted power to over 70 lakh people in the national capital Delhi, has today implemented a microgrid project in Tayabpur, a village in the Vaishali district of Bihar having an estimated 190 hutments with a population of around 1,000 to accomplish the vision of providing access of electricity to all.
The project is in line with the Government of India’s electrification programme which aims to provide “electricity to all” by establishing a standalone off-grid village electrification system where grid supply has not reached or is not feasible.
For the project, TPDDL has been supported by partners such as Tata Trusts, MIT, Prayas Juvenile Aid Centre and GE to setup a self-managed solar microgrid which will help in enhancing quality of life, engage natives and introduce financial advancement in such areas. TPDDL has developed this project by bringing together all the partners and providing for off-site requirements for the successful implementation of the microgrid. TPDDL played a key role in the identification of the site, development of the project infrastructure, community engagement activities, etc.
GE has supported the project by providing a new hybrid power solution to supply high efficiency, reliable power to the villagers. The 12kW solar panels along with 48kWh battery set and 15kVA variable diesel generation set are integrated into the system and will be put up in the first phase followed by capacity addition after successful operation and increase in demand. The plant is also enabled for operational control and remote monitoring using a microgrid controller built on GE’s Predix platform. Only maintenance charge for the microgrid will be recovered from the villagers/ consumers through nominal monthly charges linked to their consumption and usage. The estimated number of domestic hutments to opt for supply from 11 am to 11pm are 180 in number and the estimated number of commercial hutments to opt for additional supply from 9am to 9pm are 10 in number.
Inaugurating the microgrid, Praveer Sinha, CEO and MD, TPDDL, said, “Today, electricity is recognised as a basic need for realising the objective of sustainable human development. Rural electrification is a key component for facilitating economic progress including meeting socio-economic goals and overall human development in the villages. This project aims to develop a novel solar microgrid model suitable to our Indian conditions and support electrification which is affordable, sustainable and helps us to reach remote rural areas. We hope through implementation of the Tayabpur project we will have a model for installing and developing smart microgrids in the country ensuring access to affordable, reliable and consistent energy for all.”
The second solar microgrid project is planned in a completely un-electrified Behlolpur village situated on an island in the river Ganga in Vaishali District, Bihar.