Freyr Energy Bags Award for Rural Electrification in Tribal Areas from C&I Ministry

The company has bagged the award for its exemplary work done in electrification through 50 solar microgrids for tribal habitations in Andhra Pradesh.

Freyr Energy

Hyderabad-based solar EPC company Freyr Energy has secured the Smart Village award at the 4th Smart Cities India 2018 Expo by ITPO – Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India.

The company has bagged the award for its exemplary work done in electrification through 50 solar microgrids for tribal habitations in Andhra Pradesh.

These microgrids are now powering more than 1500 homes and providing electricity to nearly 8000 tribals earlier living in darkness.

The Smart Village Award recognizes village projects that integrate up-gradation and upliftment of various socio-economic, infrastructure and recreational facilities to make life productive, smooth and accessible for the villagers.

The event was jointly organized by India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) and the NASSCOM Centre of Excellence – IoT.

On receiving the award, Freyr Energy, Co-Founder, Saurabh Marda said, “Freyr Energy has been addressing the electricity problem through one of the cleanest sources of power known – solar power. Our work empowers entire communities and while doing so, ensures no negative impact on the environment, no baggage for future generations. We are proud and very humbled with what we have been able to achieve with the support of all stakeholders involved. The Smart Village Award will inspire us to continuously strive to create a bigger difference.”

Microgrids power the entire village with sufficient battery backup for 3 days. It includes not only a solar power generating system but an entire electrical infrastructure of poles, low tension wires, energy meters, load limiters, service cables, lights, switch boards, etc.

Most sites require on-foot transportation ranging from 5 km to 15 km in hilly terrain. Other challenges include dealing with naxalites, transporting material across rivers and streams in these areas.

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Manu Tayal

Manu Tayal

Manu is an Associate Editor at Saur Energy International where she writes and edits clean & green energy news, featured articles and interview industry veterans with a special focus on solar, wind and financial segments.

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