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OMC: Power, everywhere.

There is a time and a place for everything. Now is the time for Micropower — small-scale energy with local generation and distribution

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Full transcript:

“There is a time and a place for everything.

The steam locomotive revolutionized both industry and transportation. Today, we have high speed electric trains.

Fixed line phones connected millions. Today, mobile phones connect billions.

The fax machine changed the way we communicate. Today, we have e-mail.

The electricity grid powers our cities, factories, trains and computers.

But even today, there are still over a billion people living in places where the grid will never reach. Electricity needs to be produced where they live.

There is a time and a place for everything. The time for Micropower is now.”

Anil Raj (Chief Executive Officer, OMC): “OMC is a new type of power company. Micropower means small-scale energy with local generation and local distribution but with large involvement from the local community.

We serve two segments: the consumer, and the industry.

For industrial users, primarily telecom companies, we run a cable from our power plant to their premises and sell kilowatt hours.

In India alone, there are some 400,000 towers of which 150,000 don’t have acess to a reliable grid.

The option for telecom operators today is to run expensive and polluting diesel generators at every site. That is the problem which OMC solves.”

Sairam Prasad (Chief Technical Officer, Bharti Infratel): “It is very difficult to expand the grid power to all parts of the country. So there is a good, promising space available for OMC Power to setup and operate mini renewable energy stations to fill these gaps effectively.”

Anil Raj: “To the rural communities we have a different model – a sachet based model. We package power into products which the rural community can afford.

We have rechargeable lanterns, which provide illumination at night.

We have rechargeable battery boxes, which in essence are mobile power sockets.

Do rural communities want to pay for electricity? Absolutely. They want the conveniences, they want the safety that electricity can provide.

This really is a question of shifting the spend from fossil fuels and kerosene to electricity – to Micropower.”

Rajesh Avasti (Local politician): “What we get for 100 rupees worth of diesel, we get for 50 rupees worth of electricity. For farming purposes 50 percent is a big saving for us.”

Sairam Prasad: “The commercial benefit and feasibility is improved in this model by combining the electricity needs of the community and the tower companies. It’s a really impressive model.”

Anil Raj: “Micropower will bring about a fundamental change – the very fabric of these rural societies is going to be affected in ways which we cannot imagine today.

In three years time, Micropower will have powered 3,500 telecom towers. Micropower will have provided energy to 2 million homes – 10 million people – in over 1,600 towns and villages.

There are 1.4 billion people in the world today who have no access to energy.

That is the potential of Micropower.”

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