Auroville is a universal township in making. Founded in 1968 it is endorsed by UNESCO and the Government of India, it offers a unique field for developing innovative solutions for some of the pressing needs of our time. It is home to multi-national and multi-cultural population from about 50 countries. Auroville also has a strong background in sustainability related area, innovation and appropriate technology application in the context of a developing nation. Auroville has been a pioneer in the deployment of renewable energy technologies. With the combined renewable energy generation of on-site solar PV systems and the off-site wind turbines, it generates about 30% more renewable energy than it consumes. Since 2014 Auroville has been developing its own underground electricity grid. A next logical step is to scale up distributed renewable energy generation and to add grid-balancing technologies.
Technologies for system flexibility (storage, demand response)
Integration of bio-energy systems
Testing of RE and DR technologies and energy storage systems
Studies (interviews, questionnaires etc.)
State and national level dissemination programs
Provide policy and regulatory information
Auroville has its own HT and LT distribution network. Recently the first smart meters and a smart meter data management system were deployed. It has about 300 kW of grid connected rooftop solar and 200 kW of off-grid rooftop solar system.
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