Roundtable on RE-powered Mini-grids for Strengthening Rural Livelihoods: Focus on Women Empowerment in New Delhi

On 6 April 2023, a roundtable was held at the India Habitat Centre in Delhi to discuss the potential of RE-powered mini-grids in strengthening rural livelihoods, with a focus on women empowerment. The event was attended by experts, practitioners, and policymakers who shared their knowledge and experiences to identify challenges and discuss opportunities for maximising the benefits of mini-grids.

The roundtable was graced by Mr. J K Jethani, Senior Director of MNRE, who was the chief guest. Other dignitaries present at the event included Mr. Manoj Gupta, CEO of TPRMG, and Ms. Shaila Lee, Global VP of Husk Power. Discussions revolved around understanding the mini-grid landscape in India, identifying challenges and opportunities in scaling up RE-powered mini-grids, and formulating recommendations for policy, investment, and programmatic approaches to support the scaling up of mini-grids for rural livelihoods.

The participants delved into topics such as designing mini-grid projects to benefit women specifically in employment and entrepreneurship, integrating mini-grids with other rural development projects to maximise impact on livelihood and poverty reduction, and financing models and sustainable business models for mini-grids in India.

Overall, the event was successful in highlighting the potential of mini grids in transforming lives and bringing sustainable economic development to rural communities. The discussions and recommendations made during the roundtable will shape policy, investment, and programmatic approaches to support the scaling up of RE-powered mini grids for rural livelihoods.