Freyr Energy, a Hyderabad based solar EPC company bagged the award from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry under Smart village category for rural electrification for tribal at the 4th Smart Cities India 2018 Expo recently.
The event was jointly organised by India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) and the NASSCOM Centre of Excellence (IoT).
Freyr was recognised for exemplary work done in electrification through 50 solar microgrids for tribal habitations in Andhra Pradesh. These microgrids are now powering more than 1500 homes and providing electricity to nearly 8000 tribals earlier living in darkness.
On receiving the award, the company Co-Founder Saurabh Marda, said, “Freyr Energy has been addressing the electricity problem through one of the cleanest sources of power known as solar power.The Smart Village Award will inspire us to continuously strive to create a bigger difference.” Microgrids power the entire village with sufficient battery backup for 3 days. It includes not only a solar power generating system but an entire electrical infrastructure of poles, low tension wires, energy meters, load limiters, service cables, lights, switch boards, said Saurabh.
Most sites require on-foot transportation ranging from 5 km to 15 km in hilly terrain. Other challenges include dealing with naxalites, transporting material across rivers and streams in these areas, he added.