March 30, 2016
The Rockefeller Foundation has launched US$75 million “Smart Power for Rural Development” initiative that aims to bring electricity to 1000 villages over the coming three years providing the power to one million Indians in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar by 2018.
To achieve this ambitious goal, The Rockefeller Foundation is funding the creation of a new organization – ‘Smart Power India’ responsible for expanding the Smart Power Model which uses mini-grid technology for both lighting and productive use.
While speaking at the first UP Mini-Grid conclave organized by Rockefeller Foundation, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said, “UP Government plans to continue its efforts in providing electricity to rural areas in the state to improve the quality of lives and uplift the economy. I welcome the Rockefeller Foundation’s Smart Power for Rural Development Initiative to bring electricity to rural areas of Uttar Pradesh.”
The Rockefeller Foundation hosted this meeting as part of its Smart Power for Rural Development (SPRD) initiative that aims to deliver electricity and catalyse economic development among under-served rural populations in the villages of Uttar Pradesh. The initiative has 81 operational plans – 58 of which are in Hardoi, Kushinagar, Pratapgarh, Rae-Bareli, Shravasti, Balrampur and Sitapur districts.
Associate Vice President and Managing Director, Asia-The Rockefeller Foundation, Ashwin Dayal said, “We expect to see steady growth in the number of operating plants in Uttar Pradesh in 2016.”
The Chief Minister spoke at the Taj hotel in Lucknow at the UP Mini Grid Conclave held under the aegis of the Rockefeller Foundation. Yadav informed that in the past four years a large amount of funds had been spent on developing better power generation, transmission and distribution facilities, as a result of which the state government as of now was successful in providing 14 hours power in rural areas, 16-hours in Tehsils, 22 hours in divisional headquarters and 24-hours in KAVAL (Kanpur, Agra, Varanasi, Allahabad, and Lucknow) cities.
About the Rockefeller Foundation
Endowed by John D. Rockefeller and chartered in 1913, the Rockefeller Foundation is one of America’s oldest private foundations. For more than 100 years, the Foundation’s mission has been to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world.
Dating back to the Foundation’s first field visit in 1920 for health initiatives, the Foundation’s presence in India increased significantly in the 1960s when the Indian Government invited The Rockefeller Foundation’s Norman Borlaug to assess the country’s wheat program to train scientists, that contributed to what became known as the “Green Revolution” which fed more than 1 billion people in Southeast Asia and Latin America.
Today, it’s time for Uttar Pradesh to have an energy revolution and Uttar Hamara believes that this SMART POWER MODEL works best for us.