A layer of dusk has formed over a tiny village in Bihar and it’s time to begin the evening chores. Women come out of their homes handling the oil lanterns to hang over the doors. This is the scenario of every household in the Indian villages that is facing the issue of power cuts.

However, in November 2015, 96% of Indian villages were electrified and yet the nation still lies in darkness. A large part of electrification in Indian villages is still on paper and only 60% of households receive the bouts of electricity.

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Bihar:
A report claimed that 96% of households were electrified in state but only 56% households use electricity connection and rest have kerosene to lit their homes.

Uttar Pradesh:
At UP, 60% households were electrified. But the number of electricity theft at households is also at rise over here. Many households receive only 4 to 5 hours of electricity during entire day.

Jharkhand:
Jharkhand has a very pitiable state because almost 60% of domicile has to face blackouts for four to five days. It is only 2% of the state that receives electricity for more than 20 hours.

Another reason for the lack of electricity is that people don’t take up the connections despite having a grid for electricity; the reason being affordability of connection charges, maintenance and reliable supply.

The grim situation to ponder over is that all around India it is just Gujarat and Chhattisgarh that has 24 hour supply of electricity. Be it states like Maharashtra, West Bengal or Goa that are led by popular politicians power shortage is all over in these states.

The imperative solution for the villages is to switch to the renewable source of energy that is solar energy. The version of solar panels also becomes an expensive one making it a onetime investment.

At Atomberg Technologies, the same solar panel is used along with Gorilla Fans and other smart appliances that can reduce the number of panels to be used. Hence, it would indirectly reduce the cost for panels. It is advisable to switch to gorilla fans and LED from the solar panels which are more efficient and economical.

Economic growth for India is only possible when all the resources such as coal, oil and gas or in renewable forms such as solar, wind, hydropower and biomass are utilized in a better manner. Electricity is the most important form of energy to be driven for the economic growth. For growth to be sustainable, the electricity as a resource has to be efficient and affordable for rural India.

Electricity always acts as a catalyst for the development of country. However it’s almost been 68 years for India to gain its independence but we are still struggling to find electricity for our villages. Much of our rural India still lies in darkness. The saddest part is that much of the villages don’t even have the proper electricity poles or infrastructure to pass the electricity.

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In Bihar, almost 54% of electricity was either stolen or lost in 2015. This report was given by Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal. Recently, Indian government launched ambitious project of rural electrification to supply 24 hour power to its villages by 2022. There are almost 139 villages in Assam, 25 villages in Bihar, 21 in Jharkhand, 60 in Odhisha, 30 in Uttar Pradesh and some in Rajasthan that were electrified.

Bihar is one of the poorest states when it comes to electricity. With almost a population of 105 million, it is most populace and lacks electricity almost entirely.

At Uttar Pradesh many of the households receive electricity only for 4-5 hours in a day.

Jharkhand has the most pitiable situation. They face blackouts for five days straight.

More than 93% of rural households in Chattisgarh use firewood to cook food followed by Rajasthan (89%) and Odisha (87%).

More than 26% of rural households still use kerosene as the primary energy source for lighting.

Another thing with electricity is that, no region in India whether its rural or urban, is provided with 24*7 power. We do face the issue the power cuts on regular basis. With the recent electrification project on way, we did notice changes with the electricity provided. However, electricity consumption in India is still the lowest all over world.

Besides going green at home and work, making use of green technologies in #schools and educational trusts is a big step towards energy conservation in #India. And there are many schools in India who have already started participating in the transformation.

Here are some of the schools which are going green:

  • Druk White Lotus School, Ladakh
  • The Druk White Lotus school in Ladakh, near Kashmir, uses solar energy for electricity and water pumping. It’s great to see this school in Ladakh take such initiatives to conserve energy and keep Ladakh from getting polluted. We all know that Ladakh is one of the prettiest places in India and we wouldn’t want to lose it to pollution.

  • Amulakh Amichand High School, Wadala, Mumbai
  • The Amuakh Amichand High School houses solar panels on the school rooftop which was set up in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Nuemberg, Germany. Their switch to #EnergyEfficient appliances has reduced their electricity bills by INR 20,000-30,000. As of now, more than fifty classrooms in this school are completely powered by solar panels.

  • Cauvery Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Trichy, Tamil Nadu
  • The Cauvery Matriculation Higher Secondary School has distributed about seventy solar lamps to the Class X and XII students so that they don’t have to suffer in their exams due to power cuts. The solar lamps are supposed to be returned after the board exams so the next batch can use it.

  • Patashaala, in the outskirts of Chennai
  • This school has dry composting toilets for the students, the staff and the visitors. We are very thrilled to see such schools from remote places participating in the Swatcha Bharat Abhyaan.

  • AmanSetu School in Pune, Maharashtra
  • The building of the Aman Setu School is made from near-by recycled materials. Toxic paints and substances were avoided in the construction of this school. Such buildings are known as #GreenBuildings and a lot of new constructions are being carried out keeping the ecosystem in mind.

  • Group Phi, Pune, Maharashtra
  • This is India’s first military school for girls and it has a gray water recycling system to reuse waste water. They also have courtyards covered with polycarbonate sheets which protect the corridors from rains.

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Another way by which the schools can conserve #energy is by installing Low Wattage Gorilla Fans that use BLDC technology to save energy and money.

‘When Darkness dawned on India’
From the very first electric shocks delivered by catfish and electric rays to this day, electrical engineering has progressed significantly. Today we are harnessing electricity to run a wide range of appliances, it has become an integral part of our daily existence, so much so that a phone running out of battery makes us frantically search for a power source.

Now, imagine being left without a working electric fan and lights for over 15hrs… it definitely is a scary thought.

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Blackest days. (30th and 31st July, 2012)

#India is one of the biggest producers and consumers of electricity in the world, yet approximately about 300 million people in India have no access to electricity. And it wasn’t very long ago that we faced two severe power blackouts, affecting most of the northern and eastern parts of the nation, the largest power outage in Indian history.

On 30th July at around 02:35 IST circuit breakers on the 400 kV Bina-Gwalior line tripped and disaster ensued. Everything came to a standstill; railways, airports became non-functional for many hours, roads were jammed as traffic signals stopped working, businesses faced severe setbacks and the list goes on. Around 25% of the population was without power and it was only after 15 hours that 80% of the service was restored.

And it happened again

Subsequently on the 31st of July at around 13:02 IST another power mishap occurred due to relay problem around Taj Mahal, and this time 22 of the 28 states were without electricity, nearly half of India’s population was hurled into darkness.

Cause

The precise reason for the failure wasn’t determined, except that the electricity usage was above normal due to extreme heat. Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab were mainly responsible for the disaster; Delayed monsoon had forced these states to use more power from the grid, for running water pumps for irrigation. Moreover, hydro-power plants were ineffective and produced less power than usual.

This incident left people staggered for a long time. One can only hope that the government is taking necessary precautions to ensure that such a dreadful occurrence never repeats. And we can contribute towards saving energy by using energy-efficient products one such product is the gorilla fan that consumes less power & reduces the electricity bill significantly.