India is a land of villages and still many villages are not electrified even after 68 years of independence. With gloominess covering the rural life, a ray of hope comes in with assistance of Greenpeace to Dharnai village. The people here were suffering due to lack of electricity but in 2014 the installation of solar grid with help from NGOs like CEED and BASIX changed their life! Earlier the state government used to supply the electricity for a short time which was insufficient to perform the regular chores.
The present solar grid in Dharnai has not only illuminated the houses of the people but also the lives of the inhabitants. The power house now supports the lives of 2400 people in the village living in 450 households besides supporting the aganwadis, schools, health care centres and various other social infrastructures. The solar power grid generates approximately 100KW power in order to bring in lights into the localities. After 33 years of gloominess the people of Dharnai village experienced a change in their lifestyle. With improving education and less polluting source of power supply in the village people are happy to be rescued from the struggles of kerosene lamps and candles! This solar grid started operating within 3 months from their primary installations. It also manages to give power to the business sectors like the operations of 60 street lights, Kisan Training Centres. The children can study at peace without worrying about the diminishing lights with the fall of the Sun!
The village had a lot of social infrastructure, a proper railway line which could not be put to use owing to the lack of electricity. Now they are fully operational and the youngsters have also got career opportunities. Santan Kumar now fixes electric cables and appliances, who earlier did not have any stable job! These endeavour by the Greenpeace has radically changed the lives of Dharnai villagers.