Shillong, Jan 25: The Mon district administration in Nagaland and Mithun Rural Development Foundation (MRDF) have undertaken the initiative to set up solar mini-grids in the economically constrained villages of the state.
The initiative aims at enabling last mile clean energy access, improve livelihoods, support women entrepreneurs and increase the GDP of the state, while reducing GHG emissions.
MRDF is an SPV that is specifically designed to service the electricity access needs of the northeastern states and is supported by organisations like Smart Power India (SPI), ONGC and NABARD.
SPI will play an important role in supporting the programme framework and value chain including design, delivery and facilitating financial and market linkages.
The programme envisages to improve access, covering 1,000 villages in the next seven years. The first three mini-grids will be set up as early as February 2022 in the villages of Longkei, Totok Chingha and Chenwetnyu in Mon.
The memorandum signed aims to align with the UN SDGs and reduce the carbon footprint along with generating green jobs.