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Partnership for execution and scaling of ‘Development of North East India through Solar Mini grids’ project

The Government of Nagaland represented by the Mon District Administration and Mithun Rural Development Foundation (MRDF) signed a 20-year agreement to set up Mini-Grids in rural Nagaland on Jan 24, 2022. The program aims to provide reliable access to electricity for the last mile and promote the adoption of green energy sources, covering all 132 villages of Mon District over the next four years.

The goal of the Mithun Rural Development Foundation (MRDF) is to innovate and implement a sustainable and holistic model of low-carbon rural economic development through the medium of Distributed Renewable Energy (DRE) based solar mini-grids. This method can be scaled to 1000 rural villages in North-East India.

The Mon District in Nagaland, the home of the Konyak tribe, has been selected by the MRDF as the area to initiate this development mission with the support of local government authorities and Smart Power India (SPI). This model of using DRE based mini-grids as a platform to trigger local socio-economic development will then be scaled across North-East India in partnership with key stakeholders. MRDF also intends to develop a policy and regulatory framework for Nagaland to facilitate the implementation of distributed renewable energy solutions. The project is named ‘Rural Development of North East India through Mini-Grids’.

Third mini-grid inaugurated in Longkei Village of Mon District

The Honourable Advisor, Department of Social Welfare, Home Guard, Civil Defense &SRDF, Mr. M. Noke Wangnao, inaugurated the 25 kW solar mini-grid in Longkei village on March 31, 2022. The event was attended by Shri Thavaseelan K, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Mon, Nagaland; Mr. Vijay Bhaskar, Director MRDF; Sudeshna Mukherjee, Operations Director, MRDF; Mr. Shyamal Bera, Senior Manager, MRDF among others. The mini-grid will augment the existing power grid electricity and ensure 24×7 power supply to the village. The availability of reliable power is expected to spur multiple micro-enterprises based on agri-processing and non-farm enterprises such as metal fabrication, wood work and handicrafts. The solar micro-grid will also power the health centre, schools and public infrastructure such as water supply and streetlights. 

The first solar mini grid was inaugurated at TotokChingha village on 22nd February 2022. A second solar mini grid was inaugurated  at Chenwetnyu on 3rd March 2022.

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