The Mera Gao Power Micro Grid is designed to provide lighting for up to 100 households. It is implemented alongside a payback scheme in rural villages in Uttar Pradesh in Northern India, and distributed by Mera Gao Power, a lighting utility company.
SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Market Suggested Retail Price
Target Users (Target Impact Group)
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
This product is implemented by Mera Gao Power in communities in rural Uttar Pradesh in northern India
Direct competitors include SELCO 50W Module.
This product is manufactured/assembled on-site, and requires a village mapping exercise before the system is installed.
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
This product is distributed by Mera Gao Power to rural villages in northern India. Users are typically a community that does not have access to electricity.
Distributions to Date Status
As of 2016, at least 1,500 micro grids have been constructed in Uttar Pradesh, northern India, reaching over 100,000 people.
Power rating (W or kW)
System dimensions (m)
1 x 2 m
Battery capacity (mAh)
Description of solar panels
4 pieces, 75 W Monocrystalline Panel
Grid compatibility (yes/no)
Description of mobility
The micro grids consist of four solar panels mounted onto a household to produce 300 W peak, a battery bank with the capacity to store up to 2 days worth of power (roughly 200 Ah), a 24 VDC low-voltage power distribution network, and LED lamps for household lighting.
Technical support is provided by trained technicians that visit each site every two weeks.
All components of the system are replaceable and are available in consultation with trained technicians.
The lifecycle of mono crystalline cells is up to 20 years. Paying subscribed customers will have components replaced free of charge as needed.
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
By providing lighting and mobile phone charging solutions for 2 USD per month per household, Mera Gao Power seeks to reduce the reliance on kerosene fuel while providing power for much needed amenities.
Vetted Performance Status
No testing of the product has been completed, however as Mera Gao Power operates as a lighting utility company, several organizations have evaluated the business model, including Yale School of Management.
Safety precautions include those associated with low voltage electrical distribution networks, as well as the storage of battery banks.
Complementary Technical Systems
This product is designed to be a "plug and play" system, requiring no other technical systems to operate.
Academic Research and References
Bhattacharyya, S., Palit, D., 2016, Mini-grid based off-grid electrification to enhance electricity access in developing countries: What policies may be required?, Energy Policy, 94, pp. 166-78.
Urpelainen, J., 2016, Energy poverty and perceptions of solar power in marginalized communities: Survey evidence from Uttar Pradesh, India, Renewable Energy, 85, pp. 534-39.
Palit, D., Sarangi, G. and Krithika, P., 2014, Energising Rural India Using Distributed Generation: The Case of Solar Mini-Grids in Chhattisgarh State, India, Mini-Grids for Rural Electrification of Developing Countries, pp. 313-42.
The Yale School of Management has conducted research on the business model of Mera Gao Power, and have collated their information into this case study.
Compliance with regulations
Mera Gao Power’s social impact has been evaluated by Yale School of Management as part of this case study.