In a small village of 2,400 people, the villagers struggled with a lack of electricity for years.
After a point, the people of Dharnai near Bodh Gaya in Bihar’s Jehanabad district, decided to take matters into their own hands.
With the help of Greenpeace, the village installed a solar-powered micro-grid, which provides round-the-clock electricity to 2 schools, 50 commercial establishments, around 2,400 residences, street lights, tube wells for farmers, and even a health center.
The entire project cost them Rs 3 crores, making Dharnai India’s first fully solar-powered village.
“While India was growing leaps and bounds, we were stuck here for the last 30 years, trying everything in the book to get electricity. We were forced to struggle with kerosene lamps and expensive diesel generators. But now I can proudly say that Dharnai is a leader in innovation. We have established our identity as an energy self-sufficient village and can compete with the country in its race to growth,” recalls a resident of Dharnai.
The village has since then been running a website ‘Dharnai Live‘ motivating other villages and asking the government to adopt similar renewable methods.
Since the time Dharnai declared itself an energy-independent village, students no longer have to limit their studies to the day time, women no longer fear stepping out of their homes at night, and small industries are prospering, as the village heads for a better, brighter future.
Source: Your Story