Patna: A Greenpeace India on Tuesday said that a network of microgrids should be set up to provide energy to all in Bihar through renewable energy sources.

Greenpeace India executive director Samit Aich, while releasing the report at a function here, said that this model of energy supply will foster inclusive growth and remove the energy poverty in Bihar.

Bihar has enormous energy deficit which is a major challenge for the growth of the state, but it has the potential to become a power surplus state with strong focus on development of renewable energy through right incentives, enabling environment and effective implementation, he said.

Manish Ram, Greenpeace India analyst of renewable energy and co-author of the report, said that microgrids can offer reliable and cost competitive electricity services, besides providing a viable alternative to the conventional top down approach of extending grid services.

He said that the Greenpeace urged the state government to focus on integrated energy planning based on cluster based development.

The energy planning should promote the establishment of a council for rural industrialization and establishment of related coordination committees at district level.

Bihar Energy minister Brijendera Prasad released the report.


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