India opens first smart grid tenders
July 14, 2016
India is about to issue tenders for the first smart grid project in the country. The tenders will be split into three separate procurements providing the city of Gurgaon with sustainable energy, and the ability to capture energy generated by consumers.
At present, many of Gurgaon's residents use diesel generators to provide their homes with electricity.
Gurgaon is in the Indian state of Haryana, and is just 20 miles from the country's capital, New Delhi. The city has grown rapidly, becoming a leading financial and industrial hub. The city has the third highest per capita income in India. It is also a major international business district, with offices of more than half of the Fortune 500 companies.
However, the pace of expansion in Gurgaon has outstripped the city's infrastructure, leading to power shortages, and a reliance on diesel generators to supply power to homes and offices. This has led to environmental pollution as well as being costly to both businesses and consumers.
The smart grid project tendering process will open on July 22.
The Gurgaon smart grid project is expected to serve as a template for further smart grids throughout India.