The solar Electrification Project at Sirohi of 366 Households
The solar Electrification Project at Sirohi is a collaborative initiative between Engineers Without Borders (India), Bechtel Corporation, Students at National Training and Power Institute and Skilled Samaritan Foundation. The project will be conducted in 3 phases over a period of 6 Months.
Sirohi is a village in Faridabad (Haryana), India which is located at a distance of 9 miles (15 KM) from its district main city and almost 25 miles (40 KM) from Delhi, India. The village currently has a population of approximately 3500 people and has 366 houses.
The inhabitants of this village are currently facing acute shortage of electricity in their community, which is not only hampering the quality of their lives but also forcing them to stay indoors after dark. Also, the smoke emission of kerosene lamps and inadequate light through wax candles contribute to environmental hazard and health risks, safety concerns, impact on children education, and economic deprivation.
Project: Installation of of 366 Households at Sirohi. EWB India Delhi/NCR Chapter (the professional chapter managed by Bechtel India Pvt. Ltd.) evaluated the need assessment prepared by NPTI Student Chapter and Skilled Samaritan which proposed installation of 2 Solar Powered LEDs in each household.
Existing Electricity As per data established from India Human Development Survey 2012 by NPTI Student Chapter, an average village in Haryana receives 9-11 hours electricity supply a day, whereas Sirohi village gets electricity supply for merely 5 hours a day. The situation is even worse in the evening as generally there is no electricity in the village after 8 PM. The villagers use candles and kerosene lamps as alternatives for their lighting needs. In addition, there are only 203 houses which have regulated electricity connection. Some households complain of faulty and/or inflated electricity bills, which in turn may be holding back other households from applying for a regulated electricity connection.
What is the Project EWB India Delhi/NCR Chapter (the professional chapter managed by Bechtel India Pvt. Ltd.) evaluated the need assessment prepared by NPTI Student Chapter and Skilled Samaritan which proposed installation of 2 Solar Powered LEDs in each household. After techno-commercial evaluation of available options (Centralized vs. Standalone) through reputed vendors, it has been decided to install a standalone (individual) solar system manufactured by a reputed company in Indian market as per following details:
System: Standalone Solar System
Product Model: Luminous SHL-10 which includes 10W Solar panel, 2 LEDs of 3W each, 1 Portable torch, a port for mobile charging, and an AC Adapter The installation of this product will be done in all houses of the village in 3 phases.
Status:The first phase of installation for 50 houses will start by 2nd week of July 2013. The balance 2 phases of the project shall be completed by September 2013.
Per EWB India guidelines, the project needs to be sustainable for at least 5 years. Accordingly, a Village Energy Committee (VEC) will be formed to help monitor the sustainability. The Village Energy Committee (VEC) members will consist of at least 4 villagers from Sirohi including the village headman. The VEC will be guided by two volunteers from EWB India Delhi/NCR Chapter (Bechtel India).
The major responsibility of the VEC will be to:
1.Own the solar solution provided to households. Details of solar solution are mentioned above in the Product Model.
2.Oversee erection and commissioning of the solar solution in consultation with EWB India Delhi/NCR Chapter and NPTI Student Chapter.
3.Collect monthly energy charges from the villagers. Currently, the monthly energy charge is fixed at INR 70 per month per house to be paid by 10th of each month. It is suggested that households, who will deposit their energy charges after 10th of the month, shall pay late payment charge of INR 20 per month.
4.Open a separate bank account to deposit the energy charges collected.
5.Remove the solar system installed in individual houses if any household defaults in paying energy charges for 2 consecutive months.
6.Use the funds collected as energy charges in the maintenance of current solar solution and for further development in the village as decided by the VEC.
The villagers along with the village headman (sarpanch) have agreed to above proposal as per meeting held on June 7, 2013.</P