G.R.I.D. Clean Energy and Water Initiative covered by Public Utilities Fortnightly Magazine

Distributed solar is about more than just bringing electricity to rural villages. It’s about delivering the services that electricity enable, including clean water. Grassroots and Rural Innovative Development (G.R.I.D.) and a growing number of private companies areis pioneering a new approach in India using renewable energy mini-grids to power reverse osmosis (RO) water purification plants.

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Power for All recognises and commends G.R.I.D.’s Solar RO Pilot project in Haryana

Distributed solar is about more than just bringing electricity to rural villages. It’s about delivering the services that electricity enable, including clean water. Grassroots and Rural Innovative Development (G.R.I.D.) and a growing number of private companies areis pioneering a new approach in India using renewable energy mini-grids to power reverse osmosis (RO) water purification plants.

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G.R.I.D at ITEC Course on Energy Access and Human Development organized by TERI

G.R.I.D's CEO Mr. Manik M. Jolly was invited to address power sector officials from ITEC

(Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation) and SCAAP (Special Commonwealth Assistance for Africa Programme) countries about G.R.I.D.'s perspective on energy and its recently developed "Solar RO Model". The session was a part of the ITEC Course on Energy Access and Human Development organized by TERI - The Energy and Resources Institute. Supported by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, it was replete with insights into the realm of energy and water security and brought to the forefront importance of a community led Energy-Water Nexus in Rural India .

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G.R.I.D presented at REtopia 2017 at TERI University

G.R.I.D’s CEO Mr. Manik M. Jolly at REtopia 2017 with an enlightening session on

"Enabling Rural Economy Through Solar Micro-grids". The Solar RO model developed by G.R.I.D took centre-stage and the socio-economic impacts of micro-grid interventions were discussed. Built on the ideals of SDGs and social entrepreneurship, this one-of-a-kind model is a perfect economic and technological enabler, has a short payback period and is the need of the day to prevent water-quality related health problems in Rural India

Power Today interviews Manik M. Jolly on the need for flexibility by developers in project

Government's framing of policies that leave little room for developers to have a proper say in some

critical issues of projects rendering them unacceptable to the developer community, says Manik M Jolly, CEO G.R.I.D and Consultant, South Asia Sustainable Development Energy, World Bank, in an interaction with Pradeep Pandey .

The need for a fixed policy for the power sector is being discussed. In the recent past the government is proactively seeking options to debottleneck the growth of the industry. According to you, further what solutions should be implemented immediately to see a turnaround in the industry?

The problem is that we have policies in place but there are no takers. So, it cannot be dumped on government that they are not taking enough initiatives. There are lots of initiatives and policies in place to support, but the way government has framed is not suitable or acceptable to the developer community. It is also because these things bind them under rules and regulation, which are not always favourable as to how they want to do business. Also, it can never be that whatever developer wants to do government will let them go free. So, rather than framing a stringent policy, the policy has to be mix of certain issues that are fixed and flexible. However, it should be flexible in that given space for entrepreneurs to explore around and play the game in which success is possible.

Can you give us one example that this kind policy reform that you think it should be fixed in a way?

Let me take as example a critical factor such as geography selection: Why not leave it to the developers to decide? What government does is empanel certain consulting companies who do a DPR on which tenders are based and on which companies bid to do the projects. In that case it often turns out that there are no takers or very few takers. Big players can still elude projects, if the geography doesn't match their requirement. The government may feel the need to develop 100 villages in a certain region. If private developers are inclined to work on 100 villages elsewhere, the net result may be the same.

As compared to other countries, what kind of differences you find in working environment and policies?

Nepal works a lot on micro hydro projects and they have very efficiently created that model. They are doing phenomenally well in creating and running micro hydro projects. Bangladesh did a lot of good work in home lighting systems. India, on the other hand, has neither been able to do well in micro bids nor with home lighting system except for some examples here and there at a national level. The level of success where you could actually say we have electrified reasonable percentage of population is still elusive. We are way behind, even though our policies are much better, we are a richer nation, the outlook is very progressive. So we should have been able to do much better, but somehow the gap between what the government wants to be done and what developers want to do is creating issues.

Many overseas players are entering the Indian marketplace. What is the sense and reaction do you obtain after meeting them?

They are all waiting for a solution that they can quickly replicate in the EPC model. While they are happy to sell a product, do EPC projects, and develop a power plant, but that is the limit to which I want to extend their partnership to run the plants, to own the plants, to collect the revenue, to create the business model. This is the biggest gap.

What are the future prospects for renewable energy?

It is one of the brightest looking industries as of now with so much backing of financial organisation; innovation coming in to space and the energy crisis, which is permanently looming everywhere.

Do you think the government can come up with some viable solution to boost investment in power sector soon?

It is my personal feeling that the government should come up with some kind of solution before elections. Regardless of who comes to power, the government has to resolve the energy crisis. The deficit could be resolved, the subsidy share could be increased, if viable policy comes in overall it's election time, things can match up actually for this to happen. Otherwise, there is no possibility of reaching the set targets for the 12th Plan.

G.R.I.D.’s CEO presented at Intersolar- South America

G.R.I.D.'s CEO Mr. Manik M. Jolly was invited as speaker at Inter Solar – South America Conference on 22nd August, 2017.

He deliberated on functioning of Solar Micro G.R.I.D., through Skype, with focus on creating developmental ecosystem in the villages, in his highly informative talk.

The Conference aimed at raising various functional issues about solar energy like solar photovoltaic, solar thermal and solar energy storage.

We sincerely thank Inter Solar- South America for their support and the opportunity provided.

G.R.I.D. was part of the tGELF annual LIFE conference 2017

G.R.I.D.’s Innovative Solutions Manager Dhriti Pande was part of the winning team at tGELF annual LIFE conference 2017 held at Taj Palace, New Delhi from 9th – 12th August.

The conference focused on how to create Leaders with Ethics, Altruism and ability to take Decisive action. Entrepreneurs and Leaders around the globe were part of the event. They shared their life experience and guided everyone how to become a great leader.

G.R.I.D’s CEO Manik M. Jolly was invited as an expert in the area of affordable and clean energy. Varun Duggal member of Team Innovations at G.R.I.D., was part of Clean and Affordable Energy group in the event and formulated solutions to tackle the problem of energy efficacy and efficiency. We thank tGELF for the opportunity

G.R.I.D.'s CEO Mr. Manik M Jolly presented at UNW (UN Women)

G.R.I.D.'s CEO Mr. Manik M Jolly presented at UNW (UN Women)event on “Women's Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Energy Programme” at Jaipur on 31st July ’17.

He focused on how on G.R.I.D.'s Solar RO and water distribution Model in villages, can give immense boost to social and financial status of women in rural areas. In a precise & purposeful deliberation he articulated on how a niche can be created for Indian Women Entrepreneurs, with this model, and help bridge the gender divide. The programme focused on how women entrepreneurs can be created in the sustainable energy sector.

We feel honored to be part of the event and thank UN for the opportunity.

G.R.I.D.’s work on Solar RO featured in Asian Development Bank’s Energy for All Newsletter

We sincerely thank Asian Development Bank’s Energy for All Initiative for featuring our work on Solar RO in Haryana.

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G.R.I.D.’s work on Solar RO in Ugalan, Haryana featured in Dainik Jagaran

Our flagship developmental initiative, Solar RO system designed to address the water crisis in rural India was inaugurated at Ugalan, Haryana on 26th May 2017 by Hon.

Finance Minister, Haryana, Capt. Abhimanyu Singh. Featured in Dainik Jagaran our CEO Manik M. Jolly along with Hon. Minister Capt. Abhimanyu Singh.

G.R.I.D.’s work on Solar Microgrids featured in Alliance for Rural Electrification Newsletter

Our partner and one of the biggest alliances working in sustainable energy sector ‘Alliance of Rural Electrification’ featured our work on solar standalone microgirds in their rural electrification expert segment.

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G.R.I.D.’s Founder & CEO Manik M. Jolly received prestigious ‘Echoing Green’ fellowship in 2016

Our Founder & CEO Manik M. Jolly received prestigious ‘Echoing Green’ fellowship in 2016 for our work on solar water purification system.

Through our developmental initiative on Solar RO system for rural areas facing water crisis and modular solar water purifier for defense installations G.R.I.D. is generating a positive impact on health of thousands of people. Click here

G.R.I.D.’s work on solar microgrids in Uttar Pradesh featured in Reuters in February 2014

G.R.I.D. aims at providing sustainable and financially viable low-cost energy solutions to rural and remote areas.

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