What is a Smart Village Minigrid?
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While there are many definitions of microgrids (or minigrids), our area of focus is small rural areas distant from a national grid. For this reason, we define a Microgrid as a small-scale electrical system that operates completely independent of national-grid power sources and can be run on mainly nearby renewable sources such as solar photovoltaics, wind turbines, thermal, or hydro power. This energy system can not only reduce carbon emissions but also provide more power reliability and increased energy efficiency.
The term Smart Village is based on the concept of Smart Cities that integrates energy, water, social services and transportation systems to produce better quality of life and lower environmental impact. A Smart Village can be even more impactful as village electrification can produce safer drinking water with less human effort, leading to improved health. This “freed up” human effort can contribute directly to economic growth, education, and overall life quality.