Distributed renewable energy is vital for India’s clean energy transition
Renewable energy-based mini-grids, with tariff parity through regulation, and smartness through better use of technology and the Internet of Things, can effect a paradigm improvement from the present inefficient model of electricity distribution. However, a shift from the KW level micro-grids to sub-MW scale mini-grids is needed so that both domestic and productive loads are supported at grid competitive prices. The mini-grids, interconnected with individual DRE systems at prosumers' homes, and further connected with the main grid to take and feed electricity, along with decentralised management, is the future. Such actions will leapfrog India's transition to clean energy, following a people-centric approach, to ensure sustained electricity supply and responsive services, and also generate employment.