The Climate Group awards winners of Indian off-grid energy challenge

6 November 2014

NEW DELHI: The Climate Group, in collaboration with the World Bank Institute and the Dutch Postcode Lottery, today awarded the winners of the Off-Grid Energy Challenge in a ceremony hosted by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New Delhi.

The awards aim to recognize the most innovative and financially attractive business models in the off-grid energy sector in India that have proven technologies and scope for rapid scale up.

Winners, Mera Gao Power Pvt Ltd, Simpa Networks Pvt Ltd, OMC Power Pvt Ltd and Nature Tech Infra Pvt Ltd were recognized as having promising business models in the off-grid sector and were awarded US$30,000 each to further rural energy access in India through sustainable and commercially viable off-grid “access to energy solutions”.

Speaking on the occasion Krishnan Pallassana, Director The Climate Group India said: “The Climate Group envisions a low carbon future that is sustainable and prosperous to all. This award is an attempt to recognize those sustainable business models that can accelerate clean energy as a means to drive rapid growth and development.”

The off-grid energy challenge is part of The Climate Group’s access to rural energy project in India, Bijli – Clean Energy for All. Principally funded by the Dutch Postcode Lottery, the project aims to connect 50,000 rural Indians with clean and affordable energy.

Netherlands Ambassador to India, H.E Alphonsus Stoelinga, said: “The award is an initiative by The Climate Group which provides a platform to individuals and businesses to showcase exciting new and innovative ideas in the off-grid energy sector. This award has introduced a new level of innovation and competition for the industry which will inspire entrepreneurs and investors alike to the exciting prospect.”

Marieke van Schaik, Managing Director of the Dutch Postcode Lottery, said: “The Dutch Postcode Lottery is a longtime partner of The Climate Group and a principal funder of the Access to Rural Energy in India program Bijli, bringing access to clean and affordable solar power to 50,000 people in India. We are excited with the developments in India in the field of clean energy. We would like to congratulate the winners of the Off Grid Energy Challenge Award, initiated by The Climate Group and the Dutch Postcode Lottery. I hope that the recognition and the money that comes with the awards will allow all the winners to further build their business cases for affordable clean energy in India.”

The competition was designed to promote innovative, technological and financial solutions that scale-up or extend the use of proven technologies for delivery of off-grid energy through a variety of pioneering and commercially viable methods—reaching communities not served by existing power grids.

By Anisha Laming

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