Mera Gao Power builds, owns, and operates micro grids in Uttar Pradesh, India serving off-grid villages with high quality, dependable lighting and mobile phone charging services. As of April 2013, MGP operates micro grids in 260 villages of Uttar Pradesh serving 6,400 households with quality indoor lighting.
By tailoring its micro grid design to meet the specific needs of poor, off-grid households, MGP’s model has a number of advantages:
- A $900 micro grid: For approximately $900, MGP can build a micro grid to serve a typical hamlet
- Single day construction: Four staff walk into a village in the morning and leave that evening with customers receiving service
- Fully automated design: The system generates, stores, and distributes power on its own, turning itself on and off each night automatically
These factors make MGP’s model for micro grid operation unique in its commercial viability and scalability.
Quality, dependable light transforms lives; children are able to study at night, adults are able to earn additional income, and indoor air quality is improved. Our services benefit women who traditionally spend more time working indoors and children who accidentally drink kerosene and inhale its fumes.
Criticize us for not expanding fast enough, but dont criticize us for being expensive: Recently, micro grid companies in India have come under pressure for charging too much to off-grid customers. But the reality is, micro grid service is actually cheaper than subsidized grid power. And more reliable to!
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Energy’s Presence, not Price, Changes Lives: This article argues that governments should focus on the presence of power services rather than the price of power until universal coverage has already been ensured.
India’s Department of Science and Technology highlights MGP’s technology in its “India Innovates” report.