UP’s RE Model: Chakanwala Village has 100% Solar Electrification

The solar-powered village in Chakanwala Panchayat named 'Mandironwala Bhuddi' has no electricity poles but is completely lit up using solar power

A village called Chakanwala situated in Uttar Pradesh’s Amroha district has all the right features to become a model for renewable energy. The village can boast of being completely dependant on solar power for all its needs.

The solar-powered village in Chakanwala Panchayat named ‘Mandironwala Bhuddi’ has no electricity poles but is completely lit up using solar power. Solar panels have been installed at every house in the village as part of government’s scheme.

While speaking to media agencies, Kanwar Singh Tanwar, the MP for Amroha said, ” This area was surrounded by the Ganges and we thought of utilising the power of the river. We have installed solar panels all across the area to make the lives of people easy. We will soon start working on the project pertaining to road connectivity.”

A couple of villagers also talked about how solar power has helped to bring light into their area. Imarti, a village resident said, “This is very beneficial to us as we can do our household chores easily in the solar light.”

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She also said that she will be casting her vote in the impending elections and expects that the government must work towards road connectivity and development of the village.

Another woman Ramshri said, “The solar lights have come last year. Before that, all the children were living in dark. Now we need a road and bridge to get better connectivity for our village.”

Village resident Khacheru Singh said, “The life has changed a lot after the solar power was brought to the village. The facility was introduced in the village by local MP.”

The children of the village can be seen using the solar-powered lights to study in groups during night hours. Solar panels have been installed at every house in the village as part of government’s scheme.

Uttar Pradesh, was once the biggest roadblocks to the Centre’s complete electrification programme Saubhagya which envisaged providing energy access to all. The Model Chakanwala Panchayat shows that off-grid connections to the remote areas can also do much more than previously anticipated. The Solar rooftop solution has very low installation cost when compared with the Grid. Also,  it is a stand-alone system which can full fill user needs and they can sell remaining energy to earn money.

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Sneha Verma

Sneha Verma

Sneha has worked with News agencies such as DD, PTI and ANI and after covering politics, in search for fresh air, she later joined Iamrenew team. She has done her graduation in Journalism & Masscom. from IP university and PGD in HR from TISS.

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