Ramakrishna Mission Economic PV Development Initiative

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    India is the world's second most populous country, quickly approaching one billion persons. Although it has a well-developed electricity grid, many of the people have little or no access to electricity and all of the benefits associated with it. There are areas that are isolated from the grid and will not be connected for many years, if ever. One such area is the Sundarbans located in the deltaregion of the two great rivers, the Ganges and Brahmaputra, partially in India and partially in Bangladesh. It is estimated that 1.5 million people live in this area, crisscrossed by many islands and rivers, who have only marginal supplies of electricity generated primarily from diesel generators and batteries. Working with the regional non-governmental organization (NGO), the RamakrishnaMission, and the West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency, the governments of India and the United States initiated a rural electrification initiative to demonstrate the economic and technical feasibility of photovoltaics to provide limited supplies of electricity for such applications as solar home lighting systems (SHS), water pumping, vaccine refrigeration, communications, and economicdevelopment activities. This paper details initial results from approximately 30 kilowatts of PV systems installed in the area, including socio-economic impacts and technical performance.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages5
    StatePublished - 1998
    Event2nd World Conference on PV Solar Energy Conversion - Vienna, Austria
    Duration: 6 Jul 199810 Jul 1998


    Conference2nd World Conference on PV Solar Energy Conversion
    CityVienna, Austria

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/CP-520-24853


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