Co-Operative Model for Rural Electrification Through Renewable Energy

Adiga, Chandrashekara S and Kini, Giridhar P and Padiyar, Harish U (2003) Co-Operative Model for Rural Electrification Through Renewable Energy. In: International Conference RETRUD – 03, October 2003, Katmandu Nepal. (Submitted)

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Growth of population has led to an increased demand for electrical energy. At the same time, increase in the concentration of population in urban / semi-urban areas have led to an increased amount of power supply being directed towards these places. As a result, rural / remote areas have lost out on the need for total electrification both from consumption as well as economics point of view. As rural / remote areas have population living in cattered areas, due to the need for electrification of all households, as one of the basic amenities of life, use of renewable energy source for power generation is quite economical in the long run. The one disadvantage is that solar setup is very expensive for people in the low income / no income bracket. Also as the demand is very less in such cases, solar has to be appropriately sized. Kullinje village is one such area in the Udupi district, Karnataka State, India having population of 1827 individuals residing in 266 households spread over an area of 3560 acres. Of the 266 households almost 70 % can be categorized as landless labourers or small or marginal farmers. Among these 266 households, a total of 26 houses remotely located, each have a standalone photovoltaic modules on rooftops supported by a battery storage system supplying dc loads of different requirements. This paper tries to analyse the necessity of formulation of a co-operative unit for better governance and consumer articipation and also proposes a model for a co-operative society for distribution of power in Kullinje village.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Rural development, Rural Supply options, Cooperative model
Subjects: Engineering > MIT Manipal > Electrical and Electronics
Depositing User: MIT Library
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2011 10:46
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2011 10:46

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