(News) Rampura village in Jhansi is India's first to get solar power plant

News : Rampura village in Jhansi is India's first to get solar power plant

The sun never sets on Rampura village in Jhansi anymore. The Bundlekhand village is the first in the country to get its solar power plant. It did not have any electricity at all. But now, the kerosene lamps, under which children used to study, have started gathering dust.

The children in the village now study or play under electric lamps in the nights, listen to the radio and watch TV -- all because of solar energy. It is an 8.7 kilowatt power plant. Installed at a cost of Rs 31.5 lakh, it provides electricity to all 69 houses in the village. Development Alternatives, a non-profit organisation, in collaboration with Scatec Solar of Norway, gave the village the Community-based Solar Power Plant. Rampura is 17 km from Jhansi.

"In this solar power plant, community partnership has ensured participation of the community from the beginning for their ownership. Use of renewable and clean energy for electricity generation will make Rampura self-sufficient in power supply. A Village Energy Committee has been established," said Manaoj Mahata, Programme Manager-Energy, Development Alternatives.

It is not just the light; the solar power would soon go into enhancing skills of the local people. A community-based profit oriented flour mill is soon going to start in the village, which will run on solar power. Anita Pal, a resident of the village who also is a member of the Village Energy Committee said: "I plan to begin a knitting enterprise to make money."

"The Community-based Solar Power Plant pilot project was initiated to test the techno-commercial viability of deploying solar energy for development in rural areas in India. Its aim is to establish a model that is easily replicable and can facilitate a rollout of CSPPs on a large-scale across India," said Mahata. More villages are keen to have similar power plants.

Norwegian Minister for Environment and International Development Erik Solheim inaugurated the project. Solheim, an Indologist, told the villagers: "Your village draw its name from Lord Rama. And you will fight the demon of darkness (neglect, underdevelopment and backwardness) with the sun." The plant was inaugurated on January 26.

Amit, a Class 5 student, said: "I am happy that the light has come to my school and home."

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This is very very good ineative taken by Davelopment Alternative (TARAgram). If this type of activites done by NGO's then that time is not so far when we can say that Now Indian village are going toward the develop India. But this ineative is incomplete till 100% womens and children took litrate. A program run by TARAhaat which is called TARA Akshar. This program make a litrate women to litrate in 45 days through computer. Details are as follows:- •TARA Akshar is a programme which teaches illiterate people how to read and write. •It uses new technologies for learning, including advanced memory techniques. •It works on kids and on adults. It works in cities and in rural areas. •It uses computer software and an instructor, as well as special playing cards and writing books. •The instructor does not have to be a trained teacher, but does have to do the authorised training course run by TARAhaat Ltd for instructors. •It is run in a room with the instructor and the students; it is not an online self-taught class. •TARA Akshar has been running successfully in the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, NCR and Madhya Pradesh for nearly 2 years. •Our combined drop-out rates and failure rates are extraordinarily low - less than 1% of all starters fail to graduate. •To pass the programme, students have to pass a written comprehension test with 100% correct answers.The average pass rate is 97-98% •Reading speeds at the end of the course vary but all students show considerable improvement with subsequent practice. Navneet Nigam 09838007325

Dear I am also intereted in renewable energy soources. this type of activity is required in villages of gujarat

TARAhaat done 74 illiterate women’s to make literate in Hindi and Ganit through its Interactive software TARAakshar and TARAganit. This is a grate achievement done by Development Alternatives-TARAhaat in Ambabai, Pitampur, Sarmau, Gopalpura, Samra villages in Badagaon block in Jhansi District. The certificate ceremony did By Development Alternatives -TARAhaat at it TARAgram Pahuj Campus in Badagaon Block. All certificates are distributed by CDO Jhansi MS. Shelva Kumari. This is a good stem taken by Development Alternatives-TARAhaat is a really a mile stone. In my point of View district Govt. have to take some initiative to make support to Development Alternatives- TARAhaat to capture other villages of the district to spread the light of Literacy for make a model literate district in the state. Thanks Navneet Nigam Area Manager TARAhaat Jhansi 09838007325