Understanding the Impact of Rural Electrification in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, India

The Rockefeller Foundation's Smart Power for Rural Development (SPRD) has allocated $75 million to accelerate development in India's least electrified states. This report contains key insights into how SPRD has impacted rural villages through the deployment of decentralized renewable energy-mini grids.

Understanding the Impact of Rural Electrification explores the impacts of the SPRD and what further steps are necessary to sustain and scale these achievements. This report uses the GDP+ approach, which quantifies the environmental, social, and economic gains of electricity access in terms of GDP. Highlights include a focus the productive use benefits of energy access and the finding that women often feel safer and more mobile after dark.