Patna, 31 July, 2015
Centre for Environment and Energy Development (CEED) along with local civil society groups launched a 100% Renewable Energy Bihar campaign today. The focus of the campaign is on Decentralised Renewable Energy (DRE) projects to meet the needs of a growing Bihar population. Civil society groups urged political parties to bring a transformation change to India’s energy sector by committing to include renewable energy to make Bihar self-sufficient.
Bihar’s power situation has improved but is still reeling under the power deficit to provide electricity for its entire population. As of 2015, Bihar has the lowest per capita consumption of electricity in the country at 144 kWh against a national average of 917 kWh. It is high time that Bihar’s leaders look at alternative pathways to provide electricity through clean energy. “ The current leadership – both at central and state levels has demonstrated a strong commitment towards the development of renewable energy and now the time has come to implement it in letter and sprit”, said Ramapati Kumar, CEO of CEED. ” Bihar must think in the direction of adopting and practicing policy and program to become 100% renewable energy in the near future. It is surely the politicians who can deliver ‘energy now’ that will hold sway with voters in coming election “, added Mr. Kumar.
In the last couple of years, the cost of grid connected solar PV power has come down drastically. “Political parties should chart out a new development pathway via decentralised renewable energy infrastructure to provide energy access to the rural population in an equitable and sustainable manner. Certain sectors such as rural electrification, agriculture and solar roof top program in urban areas could take Bihar towards 100% renewable energy. Bihar can see the new high of development in energy sector and renewable energy has the potential to fuel that change”, said Ankita Jyoti, Program Manager, CEED.
The civil society network demanded that political parties should make a commitment to work towards replicating 1000 micro or mini grids, installing 100,000 solar pumps sets and lighting 50,000 households through solar roof top program in urban areas. Civil society groups aim to mobilise support of 100,000 people through an education drive for renewable energy. A growing and strong Bihar should take leadership and pave the way for rest of Indian states to move towards renewable energy.
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