According to reports, Greenpeace India has made a request to Bihar deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi, who also holds the finance portfolio, to prioritize renewable energy (RE) based electricity generation in the budget allocation for the financial year 2013-14.
“As a group, we have always believed that a sustainable approach to ensure energy access to millions across the state can only be achieved using decentralised energy infrastructure based on clean renewable energy”, said Rampati Kumar, chief Greenpeace campaigner, in a letter to Modi.
Kumar also said that there is a strong need for increasing allocation for renewable energy in the electricity generation from the current 10% to 50%. “Prioritise more application based renewable energy usage in agriculture and household sector”, he said.
The letter also said that Bihar Renewable Energy Development Agency (BREDA) should be accorded a special status and allocation of special fund should be made towards its institutionalization. The state level banks should treat renewable energy sector as a priority lending sector based on the established Reserve Bank of India’s guidelines, Kumar said.
While appreciating Bihar government’s current effort in recognizing the potential of renewable energy through iconic programme such as “Bihar Saur Sinchai Kranti Yojna”, Greenpeace has made request to the finance minister for allocating an exclusive fund to cover all the remaining districts of Bihar under the same programme in turn ensuring fiscal incentives to all marginal farmers for adopting solar power pumping sets.
Greenpeace India, an independent global environment campaigning organization, has been working in Bihar since 2009 to ensure safe energy access across the state.
Apart from this, state government is very proactive on RE development in state. Talking to TOI Rampati Kumar said that in 2012 state government had taken some major steps in RE development in various departments including Public Health Engineering department (solar water pumps), education department (solar roof top in government schools), urban development department (solar street lights) and industries department (solarised cold storages).