The focus of this initiative is on renewable and alternate energy resources for meeting the daily needs of rural Uttarakhand. This field of work will be spread across different specific projects, including Livestock (biogas plants), Drinking water (solar lift pumps), Agriculture (solar lift for water), gharats (water mills for grinding and small enterprises) etc., etc. The concept, which has been tested at various locations, is the development of decentralized renewable energy options at a small scale, keeping them low cost and sustainable, and free of impacts on local ecology and environments.
Over the past few years a successful model on a modern gharat (water mill) linked to a women’s federation received much recognition in Ganeshpur village, Uttarkashi for its success in initiating a largish womens enterprise; a pilot solar drinking water lift model with a 180m straight lift was established in Churerdhar village, Tehri, and inaugurated by the Chief Secretary of the State, while successful biogas plants are operation in villages in Tehri and Kumon. Such models will continue to be piloted, and specific examples will be scaled up.