Solar microgrids improve quality of life in rural areas of UP | India News

Solar microgrids improve quality of life in rural areas of UP |  India News

Life offered little respect to Gayton Banu during the first thirty years of its existence. For this resident of the village of Totiara, chores and second-class status were destiny until one day, the sun god smiled at her. She was offered a job as an operator and cleaning staff (after initial training) at a nearby solar microgrid, and she set out for a global change.
“The best thing is that I have a say in my house of nine… The village has also benefited from better power supply and I take some credit for that,” said the 33-year-old who also got a suitable partner. After becoming financially dependent.
The monthly income she earned from her flour mill made Rani Singh’s middle-aged life worthwhile. But the rising cost of diesel over the past few years has increased input costs and cut into profits. In November 2021, she made a transformative decision that made her business profitable again.
This resident of Lalpur Jaswantpur village ditched fossil fuel-based technology and adopted green energy to run her flour mill and recharge her small business. “We worship God Sangod as an incarnation of Vishnu, but we never thought his blessings would manifest in this way,” the 67-year-old said.
In the village of Pipri, Ramrani Devi’s life was freed from the darkness deepened by the sooty dirt that covered her kitchen corridors every day. Although the happiness of Ujjwala Yojana has not yet reached her kitchen, the power of solar energy has made her life easy.
“I can at least relax under the fan after the sweltering heat of summer and humid evenings in the monsoon months,” the woman said.
Mothers in Akhbarpur Talhu village are happy with their government primary school as it has facilities that most of them lack. While kids have lights and fans, students in grades 1-3 have access to smart classrooms. The school’s uninterruptible power supply ensures that interactive classes are a regular feature for everyone.
“The children at the school are also blessed with solar energy,” said Vinay Kumar Sharma, the teacher in charge of the school. He noted that in most summer months, public primary school children study on the balcony to beat the heat, which was not the case at his school. “Thanks to the creation of solar energy,” he said.
Shalini and Anuradha in the same village contribute to the economy of their parents, both small farmers. The girls work at the village’s skills development center, which teaches chikankari sewing and embroidery to indigenous women.
Macro change with microgrids
All these people add a face to the way solar energy is changing the quality of life in rural areas of UP. The common denominator between their happiness and a better life is… Mini solar The network blueprint has been rolled out under HCL Foundation’s Samudaya Project.
It should be noted that a microgrid (also called microgrids) is a collection of small-scale electricity generators connected to a distribution network that provides electricity to a small, local group of customers. They usually operate independently of the national transportation network.
According to the United National Industrial Development Organization, “Renewable energy microgrids, powered by solar, wind or hydropower, are emerging as superstars in energy access, especially in rural areas, where they are becoming a viable option for providing reliable, high-efficiency energy.” “. Providing high-quality electricity to rural residents and businesses.”
These stories of change are not unique to Hardaway. Similar happy faces expressing the change can be seen in places like Kushinagar and Rae Bareli. Lakhimpur Kheri, Sravasti, Unnao and Siddharthnagar.
Solar energy is the need of the hour, a necessity for the future
Most of the organizations that entered the world Solar microgrids In UP, they are influenced by the realization that energy infrastructure serves as the foundation for promoting social and economic progress by ensuring the provision of necessities, ultimately raising the quality of life of households, and promoting increased income generation.
Research has proven a positive link between electricity consumption and the Human Development Index. It has been noted that developed countries have a high rate of energy consumption per capita compared to developing countries. The profits are much greater than the investment especially if the energy source is clean, safe and affordable.
On the contrary, the absence of electricity profoundly affects the well-being, health and income of rural residents, especially during their most productive hours.
The absence of electricity in health centers puts maternal and child health at risk, while lack of electricity prevents access to safe drinking water, ultimately contributing to outbreaks of diseases such as cholera and dysentery.
Students also face significant challenges, as most school equipment remains inoperable due to power outages, and completing homework often requires a source of evening lighting.
Solar energy is crucial to UP’s trillion-dollar economy
Alok Kumar, Principal Secretary, Planning and Nodal Officer, Trillion Dollar Economy Dream, noted that UP has put a lot of focus on its plan to become a trillion dollar economy by 2027. “Energy needs will skyrocket in the journey towards the trillion dollar target. Since then, UP has pledged to become a circular economy, and green energy has become a key pillar of the strategy,” he said, adding that in line with the goal, UP has launched a detailed solar policy.
“The state has launched a suitable policy in 2022 to encourage the use of solar energy in the state. The government has incentivized the use of solar energy in rural areas besides launching initiatives like har ghar Solar to promote solar energy in urban areas,” said Anupam Shukla, director, UP NEDA.
Citing an example of UP’s commitment to the cause, he said, “UP is the only state that provides 100% subsidy to KUSUM C1 and KUSUM C2 schemes. While the Union government provides 30% subsidy on the cost of solar infrastructure, UP provides 90% subsidy hence It covers 90% of the cost, and in the case of marginalized communities, such as the Mashar and Fantanjias, the state’s share reaches 70%.
He added that the state was working to significantly promote solar energy in the Bundelkhand region, which is notorious for poverty, drylands and migration. “The government has on board several companies that will set up solar power plants in Bundelkhand which will revitalize public life significantly,” he said.

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