People of Dharnai in Bihar have been living without electricity for 30 years, so the local people were excited when they heard that they will get power from Greenpeace solar panels. But that is not what happened in this part of India, reports say.
When the ex-chief minister of Bihar came to initiate the project, villagers lined up, shouting, “We want real electricity, not fake electricity!” Set up in July,2014, the Greenpeace project was not providing any electricity to the village and locals were angry about this.
Greenpeace once touted Dharnai as an improvement model for poor nations to skip utilizing fossil powers to fuel monetary development, yet the town’s sun oriented force framework didn’t work the way activists had arranged. Truth be told, Greenpeace’s sun based microgrid has just filled local people’s voracities for more coal-let go power.
With 300 million Indians without access to power, the Narendra Modi government has made a major push to charge the nation — particularly in country towns that have no association with the network by any stretch of the imagination. Naturalists contend that sun based is a shabby answer for India’s zap endeavors, however sun powered is just a transitory arrangement that fuel longings for association with a fossil-filled electrical network.
“The microgrids don’t uproot coal use in light of the fact that the objective towns were never snared to the focal network in any case, “Actually, in parts of India, microgrids have turned into a stopgap answer for the vitality poor while they sit tight for the focal lattice.” In fact, Dharnai’s involvement with sun powered ought to be seen as a notice to naturalists hoping to get poor nations to not utilize coal, gas or oil.
“Today following an effective one year, I wish there would be more examples of overcoming adversity like Dharnai where individuals and vitality are associated and governments imagine a more manageable pathway to our future,” Pujarini Sen, a campaigner with Greenpeace India, wrote in July.
“Like the streets of Dharnai that are lit up through sun based lighting, I might want to see the dull corners in Delhi and the 100 proposed ‘keen urban areas’ to be lit up by sunlight based road lights for more secure and more intelligent urban communities,” Sen included.
In any case, Greenpeace’s later depiction of a town being aided by solar power is somewhat deceptive.