"The smart grid project will be located at the Kala Amb Industrial area of Himachal Pradesh in northern India and will serve over 1,500 consumers," the company said in a statement, adding that this will be second of the 14 projects under Power Ministry's flagship 'Smart Grid pilot' programme.

The company will design, develop and implement an integrated set of smart grid applications, targeting power quality issues, managing peak demand and power outages, among others.

"We are pleased to be the recipient of the second smart grid pilot project in the country. Over the last 15 years, the company has been delivering large-scale smart grid projects for India's national grid through Power Grid Corporation of  India Ltd (Power Grid)," company's Managing Director Rathin Basu said in the statement.
In addition, the company has delivered several distribution projects for the state distribution system operators, he said.
Alstom will lead this project, along with Genus Power Infrastructure and a few other OEM (original equipment manufacturer) equipment suppliers, the statement read.
The Kala Amb smart grid pilot project will further strengthen the information technology system in place, to make the distribution of grid cost-effective, responsive and better engineered for reliability and self-healing operations, the company noted.
The smart grid solution looks to enhance monitoring and automation of two distribution substations feeding Kala Amb. The project looks to save millions of dollars annually in reduced demand charges, defer new generation construction and bring down peak-priced energy purchases.

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