City techie lights up 36 villages with solar power

A city-based technologist has successfully powered nearly three dozen villages in the states of Jharkhand, Jammu & Kashmir and Madhya Pradesh, using solar energy, in the last five years.

Rajinder Kumar Kaura started the initiative in 2009 by powering a small hamlet Rampura, 20 kms from Jhansi in UP, after he was shortlisted by an NGO for the solar power project.

The project was completed with financial aid from Norway and an Indian company. “It was a pilot project for us but when it succeeded in a village of around 50 households, then the government of Norway, on our special request, offered further help to replicate the experiment in another 35 villages,” said Kaura, who did post-graduation in power systems from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim in 1980.

Ghanshyam Yadav, former village head of Rampura, said, “The NGO Development Alternatives Group shortlisted our village because it is close to Jhansi but has no access to electricity. Rajinder Kauraji, along with his team, set up the solar power plant of 8.7 kilowatt. Now, 50 families have complete access to electricity and they can also light bulbs, fans and even air coolers.”

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