Dr. Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, on the launch of Smart Power India

In the 21st century, we know that with power comes progress.We know that electricity can increase household per capita income by 39 percent.Businesses are able to operate at higher levels of productivity. Farmers can run irrigation systems and processing machines that improve their yields.  Electricity enhances safety, learning, and has less impact on the environment than dirty diesel fuel. This …

CEO Jaideep Mukherji on the launch of Smart Power India

When The Rockefeller Foundation asked me to lead Smart Power India, an organization that aims to deliver a comprehensive solution to the energy needs of un-served and under-served villages, for me it was a continuation of my experience at the nexus of energy access and social impact. In recent years, energy access has been the focus my work and I …

Smart Power India Creates New Opportunities for Rural Communities

April 15, 2015 was a landmark day for The Rockefeller Foundation. We launched Smart Power for Rural Development, an initiative that aims to bring electricity to 1,000 villages and 1 million Indians over the coming three years, in the states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. To achieve this ambitious goal, the Foundation will invest $75 million and incubate a new …

What Bringing Power to Rural India Means to the People Who Live There

Posted by-Zia Khan (VP, Initiatives and Strategy, The Rockefeller Foundation) For the past few years, I’ve been traveling to India to help with our work on energy access. Last April, we formally launched Smart Power for Rural Development, a $75 million initiative that seeks to address energy poverty through an innovative mini-grid solution that provides electricity to rural villages. These …

In Rural India, Electricity Sparks New Businesses

Located in rural Uttar Pradesh, Shivpura is a village where clean drinking water has been scarce. When TARA Urja, an Energy Service Company (ESCO), started operating a 30-KW solar power plant in his village—offering reliable electricity to villagers in February 2015—Sandeep spotted an opportunity: using the reliable flow of electricity to power a purification system, Sandeep created a drinking water …

Renewable Energy for India: A New Deal Could Impact 250 Million People

Recently, The Rockefeller Foundation and OMC Power closed a $4.5 million deal to finance OMC Power’s construction and retrofitting of 100 solar power plants in rural Uttar Pradesh, India to serve villages that do not have reliable access to power. This deal is an example of a foundation engaging in impact investing—making an investment that generates social impact as well …

The Rockefeller Foundation launches ‘Smart Power for Rural Development’ Initiative

A US $75 million initiative to promote economic development in rural areas through access to reliable and renewable energy New Delhi, India: 15 April, 2015: The Rockefeller Foundation today launched ‘Smart Power for Rural Development’, an initiative that aims to bring electricity to 1000 villages over the coming three years, providing power to 1 million Indians in the states of Bihar and Uttar …