WAKE UP CALL
Energy is the very source of human activity. Rural India accounts for an estimated 70% of the Indian population. Out of which an estimated 400 million people are still without power. Approximately 700 million more homes have access to unreliable power grids.
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Lack of affordable and adequate energy supplies can have the following impacts.
- Shut down business, affect livelihood, and deprive people of basic living conditions.
- Jeopardise security particularly for women who cannot step out of their homes after dark due to aggravated crime rates.
- Energy deprivation has proven to be one of the core causes of chronic poverty, inhibiting people from access to essential services. This results in a vicious cycle, impacting human welfare leaving women and children in highly vulnerable conditions.
- Conventional grids prove to be expensive and unreliable. As per the World Bank reports from 2007, decentralised energy sources significantly reduce costs.
SOLUTION: Expanding energy access to people is a key catalyst for economic and social growth. The solution to address the above problems is to provide decentralized clean and renewable energy.
INTENDED IMPACT: Decentralized Renewable energy can be achieved through Micro/Mini Grids which operate as optimum distribution networks fine tuned to the needs of individual villages. This facilitates growth by enabling infrastructure development in areas such as agriculture and small scale industries, providing a more sustainable and viable model at a significantly reduced cost.
WHAT WE AIM TO DO
OVBI has partnered with SSRDP, an India-based trust that specialises in rural development. SSRDP was formed by Art of Living in 2001. In the solar energy domain, SSRDP has already deployed Micro Grids and solar powered battery stations to numerous villages in India across UP, Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar and Assam with ongoing work in Jammu and Kashmir. SSRDP has had an overwhelming impact on over 65,000 lives. OVBI would like to extend its support to this initiative by helping to raise funds, enabling SSRDP to continue its good work in providing clean and renewable energy to rural India and meet its target of lighting 100,000 homes by 2015.
“Project Ujas”, meaning the first light is a pilot project by OVBI in partnership with SSRDP and Gram Oorja, which focuses on Community-Based Renewable Energy Solutions for Remote and Decentralized applications. Gram Oorja is well recognized and consulted by several Government and Non- Government organizations in India and abroad including the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), Observer Research Foundation, Prayas Energy Group, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, GIZ, UCL-Berkeley and Princeton University.Gram Oorja and SSSRDP have recommended five villages in rural Karnataka which needs rura electrification. Out of the five villages that were surveyed, OVBI has adopted “Bazar Kunang Hamlet -I” to begin with and will now raise funds to provide this village with a solar mirco-grid. Please take a look at the presentation on the website to get more details on this project.
SSRDP IMPLEMENTATION STEPS
Below is a summary of the implementation steps involved in deploying new solar grids and battery power stations.
- Step 1: Rural Survey (Completed, Refer to ruralsurvey.pdf)
- Step 2: Select a Village (Completed, Refer to bazarkunang.pdf)
- Step 3: Form a Village Development Committee (VDC). (to begin…)
- Step 4: A VDC set up office becomes a Renewable Energy Hub (REH). (to begin…)
- Step 5: Setting up of Micro Grid: Implementation Stage. (post funding procurement…)
- Step 6: Handover Documentation and training of Village Development Committee. (post funding procurement…)
- Step 7: Monitor to support and follow up with the VDC for a considerable period of time. (post funding procurement…)
Join hands with us to bring clean energy to rural India and take millions from darkness to light. Please donate generously to this cause.