Bihar is stretching towards many good plans and work. Bihar has given us one more reason to feel proud by building the Country’s largest Microgrid with solar power in many villages of the state. This solar-powered rural electrification programme is under the Government of India’s ‘Saubhagya scheme’ in operation over the last year and is finally on the ground.
A microgrid is a localized group of electricity sources. A microgrid can effectively integrate various sources of distributed generation (DG), especially Renewable Energy Sources (RES) – renewable electricity, and can supply emergency power, changing between the island and connected modes.
This green landscape project with standalone systems cluster is India’s largest microgrid been installed in Murehra Village, Kaimur, Bihar. This has successfully touched the lives of some 44,000 households, spread across 240 villages where people are happy getting electricity at cheapest rates. The areas covered under the programme-
- Champaran has 96 microgrid networks
- Supaul district has 77 microgrids
- Kaimur district has 140 microgrids
- Valmiki Tiger Reserve
The project started with the door to door survey. The lack of electricity in rural areas was one big reason to bring this project. The standalone system was the solution to bring electricity to sparsely populated villages. One solar panel for each house, a cable bringing electricity into the house. Nearly 12,000 households received their first electric light and fan in this fashion. The district of Kaimur got the most — 3,396 systems, followed by Supaul (2,720), Paschim Champaran (1,283) and Rohtas (1,607). The households pay a flat monthly fee – ₹30 for those below the poverty line, and ₹60 for those above.
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The good work of this project can be weighed by the records that say, ‘In January 2018, India had 63 microgrids or networks that generated and distributed electricity in a particular area, with a generation capacity of 1.9 MW. A year down the line, this number has increased by at least 373 microgrids and 12.8 MW of capacity, not counting the 11,961 ‘standalone’ systems.’
Expanding the hands of the project, the experiment is being conducted in partnership with Mitsui of Japan, in three districts – Nalanda, Supaul and Araria, providing the villages with means to charge electric vehicles and cold-store vegetables.
The basic focus is to bring this facility in the villages that lie in the lap of tiger-inhabited hills and rivers that are home to alligators, a revolution has taken place; they now have something which they never had before -electricity.
Such positive use of solar energy in Bihar is a step to a change that will help to supplement grid power in 100 more villages in coming days.
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