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Shri Shakti Alternative Energy Ltd (SSAEL) has won grant from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and the US State Department for Remote Monitoring of Solar Pumps. The United States Ambassador Mr Richard R Verma and Shri Upendra Tripathy, Secretary, MNRE, announced Hyderabad-based Shri Shakti Alternative Energy Limited as one of the winners of the PACEsetter Fund’s first round of funding. PACEsetter, acronym for Program for Advancement of Clean Energy, is a joint initiative of the Government of India and US State Department and is managed by IndoUS Science and Technology Forum. These grant awards are given to scale up projects that hold significant promise for India’s development through the use of solar and other renewable sources of energy.

Shri Shakti Alternative Energy Ltd (SSAEL) intends to scale up the innovative programme launched by the Government of Rajasthan’s Horticulture Department, which involves creation of water harvesting structures, recharging ground water, pumping with solar pumps, and irrigating through drip. Some farmers’ income levels increased four-fold and even young MBA graduates were inspired to take up farming. SSAEL is offering an innovative cloud-based platform that tracks the performance of solar pumps and remote solar PV plants through data loggers and GSM-SMS technology.

The award envisages setting up pilot demonstration projects in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh for 400 solar pumps and 100 solar PV plants on a single platform that tracks both solar pumps and off-grid power plants. This mechanism of monitoring crop cultivation, yields and ground water levels alongside power generation holds the potential to radically improve agri-livelihoods and local economy.