ADB to Support Expansion of Off-Grid Solar Systems in India

The Asian Development Bank is administering a $6 million loan from the Clean Technology Fund to help install more off-grid solar home systems in rural India.

The loan will help Simpa Energy India Private Ltd. finance 75,000 additional solar systems for both homes and small businesses next year, the ADB said in a statement Friday. Simpa Energy has installed almost 15,000 solar home systems in India, mainly in Uttar Pradesh state where the electrification rate is low, according to the statement.

The company installs solar systems in customers’ homes for a small initial down payment. Customers prepay for power using their mobile phones daily, according to the statement.

Part of each mobile payment is also used to pay off the cost of the system, allowing the customer to acquire it over a few years. Simpa’s aim is to roll out 225,000 systems by the end of 2018, according to the statement.

The Clean Technology Fund is a financing window of the Climate Investment Funds set up to provide resources to scale up the demonstration, deployment and transfer of low-carbon technologies.

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