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Project Vibha: Community-led Rural Electrification and Lighting

Vibha, the community-led rural electrification and lighting project provides decentralised clean energy solutions in two districts of Odisha. It will provide solar home lighting solutions, revive an existing micro-hydro plant with a solar photovoltaic system, and enable grid integration to ensure continuous access to energy. The project will benefit 272 households from tribal and vulnerable communities in the remote villages of Kalahandi and Gajapati districts.

Project Vibha aims to provide 24×7 access to electricity and lighting solutions to ensure education and livelihood benefits to vulnerable, tribal communities in Odisha.

REACH

272 households

REGION

Gajapati and Kalahandi districts of Odisha

PROJECT STATUS

Ongoing

TIMELINE

November 2020 to October 2023

BUDGET

₹25 lakh

PARTNERS

SBI Foundation

ACTIVITIES

  • Conducting feasibility study to identify appropriate villages based on supply-demand ratio in the villages
  • Conducting field level surveys to collect data on power supply, presence of school going children, needs of people and their feedback on the use of solar energy appliances
  • Selection, procurement and distribution of appropriate decentralised energy solutions such as 250 solar lights to tribal families with school going children 
  • Conducting assessment and integration of micro hydro systems with solar photovoltaic cells 
  • Installation of power plant and grid integration
  • Setting up pumping systems to give through the year access to irrigation facilities 
  • Awareness campaigns and capacity building of communities to promote productive end use of energy