2. Sustainable Energy Alternatives for rural/tribal non electrified
villages through local renewable resources
PRINCE, Suman Foundation, Shamgiri, Agra Road, Deopur, DHULE:
424 005. Contact Person: Prof. Ajay Chandak. PH/fax: 02562-271795,
271995, MB: +91-9823033344,
Prof. Ajay Chandak, from PRINCE.
Students of Prof. Anuradha Ramaswami from EWB, Colorado University
Ravi from AID India.
Michael Mazgaonkar from Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti, Mozda.
Current Status Of The Project:
Site Selection : Village Trishul, has been selected
as the site for proposed project. Trishul is 18 km from Dhadgaon,
in Nandurbar District.
Project has been sanctioned by EWB, USA. In the first phase
students from EWB and from SSVPS BSD COE Dhule will carry
out energy survey in 1st and 2nd week of August.
Site visit done by Michael and the photographs are available
Current Schedule: Students from EWB along with Michael
will be in Mozda on 7th and 8th August 2004, (Michael's residence)
(Provide link for photograph.).
9th to 13th in Trishul with Prof. Ajay Chandak and his team
and in Dhule on 14th to 16th.
Even after 55 years of independence many rural and tribal
villages in India are still do not have assess to electricity,
urban fuels like cooking gas, kerosene etc. Most of them depend
on firewood for their cooking needs. AID (Association for
India Development), Narmada Bachao Andolan, People's School
of Energy etc. came together to install one microhydal project
at Bilgaon, 18 km from Dhadgaon in Nandurbar district. Around
400 tribal families saw the electricity in their huts for
the first time. Success of this project prompted to carryout
more such project in the tribal areas for self sustainability
in energy. Bilgaon had excellent site where river Udhai has
a good waterfall and head of around 12 m can be utilized.
For other villages other energy alternatives will be required
to fulfill their energy requirement of electricity and cooking.
Site Selection : Ms Medha Patkar of NBA suggested
village "Trishul" for the current project. All the
project partners finalized the site, considering the accessibility,
community participation etc. Trishul is 18 km from Dhadgaon,
in Nandurbar District with 12 km motorable road.
Methodology For Implementation:
- Site Selection.
- Carryout energy survey to establish energy consumption
patterns by the community for cooking etc.
- Quantification of use of existing resources by the community.
- Survey for locally available energy resources like biogas,
biomass, wind energy potential etc.
- Estimating the energy requirement of the community for
cooking as well as ner future requirement of energy like
- Designing renewable energy systems based on the available
resources. The systems could be solar cookers, biogas plants,
biogas based generators, biomass based generators, wind
generators, photovoltaic systems, improved wood stoves etc.
depending on the outcome of the project in the first phase.
- Locating donors/sponsors for implementation of the findings
- Implementation of the renewable energy systems.
- Training to local community regarding use of these renewable
energy devices for operation and maintenance point of view.
- Monthly review for first 3 months and removal of teething
- Half yearly review for 3 years.
Outcome Expected From The Project:
- Greater awareness regarding use of renewable energy in
rural areas. Protection of fast depleting forests by saving
- Access to the tribal for electricity for lighting purpose.
- Better health care by providing refrigerator for medicine
and vaccines preservations.
- Sustainable living.