In India, around 20% of the population remains without access to electricity. The majority lives in rural areas. Fossil fuel-based approaches to electrification are ineffective and increase CO2 emissions. Therefore, Mlinda is working in rural India to introduce environmentally sustainable and affordable mini-grids.
Mlinda installs solar mini-grids and sells the energy for domestic and productive uses. They support communities to build financially and environmentally sustainable businesses from the energy they produce. The communities experience positive ecological, social and financial outcomes such as reduction in CO2 emissions and increased household incomes. Women spend less time on domestic chores and children study longer under healthier lighting.