Dharnai has been selected keeping in mind the socio economic profile, demography and accessibility of the village. The village was electrified previously, but has lost its electricity infrastructure and is currently dependent on unreliable and costly diesel generators.
Though the village is predominantly an agricultural village, there are commercial establishments, shops, a bank and a few government buildings that run on diesel generators or batteries. The micro grid will also cater to their energy requirements.
Mihir Sahana, Managing Director of BASIX India said, “This dynamic micro grid will benefit all sections of the society, removing inequity in energy access and putting Dharnai on the path to inclusive and far reaching growth. It will also empower people by allowing them a stake in their energy generation and distribution. The success of this unique model will also attract investors and push the government to improve the regulatory framework.”
At the onset of the project, Greenpeace demands that the Bihar government recognizes DRE as key to ensuring energy access and creates a regulatory structure to support it rather than investing into polluting coal and dangerous nuclear technologies.
Manish Ram, Energy Campaigner, Greenpeace India concludes, “In a meeting in 2012, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had suggested that Greenpeace should display the viability of DRE and here we are with a model that can lead Bihar out of an endless energy crisis. We do hope that on the completion of the project the government will scale up and replicate the model at the state level and put Bihar on a novel but sustainable development path powered by clean energy.”