Solar electrification of Jhaukuti Village, West Bengal

January 13, 2016

Over 40% of the country’s population currently does not have energy access. Lack of electricity infrastructure is one of the main hurdles in the development of rural India. As of now there are about 60,000 unelectrified villages in the country. 

India blessed with more than 300 clear sunny days in a year, Solar Energy is capable of generating energy which is far more than current total energy consumption. Rural Electrification at a household level in the form of local mini grid based on renewable energy is one of the solutions. This provides bare minimum services such as lighting & communications. 

This model of “DC Micro-Grid system” can create access to “grid-level” electricity  for nearly 40% of the world population at a lower cost than Kerosene lit homes. This system uses 80% less power and emits ~99% lesser CO2 compared to conventional utility grid power supply.

This system is currently being installed at Jhaukuti Village in West Bengal by IAHV’s implementation agency, Sri Sri Rural Development Program, as part of the Rural Electrification Project. The project will impact 45 households consisting of 217 villagers.

Solar rural electricity

An array of solar panels provide power to a DC bus, which manages demand and supply through batteries. The DC bus distributes electricity through power lines which can reach homes within 1 km radius. Meters are in place to prevent energy theft and to optimize demand and supply of power.

Each home will be supplied with 2 lights, 1 fan and a mobile charging point. A common TV with free dishnet and a solar water pump cum mill motor will also be provided. To reduce energy demand on the system, only energy saving equipment will be used. The system is designed to provide 24 X 7 supply of electricity.

All the homes coming under this package scheme will be binded under a Self Help Group (SHG). The primary need of the SHG is that each family will be equally responsible for the rent payment thereby socially pressurizing each other to timely do the payment.

 

 

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