In recent times, State has approved many power projects and also worked towards increasing the production capacity of existing plants. Bihar is to set up three new thermal power plants to generate 3,960 MW of energy. The plants, of 1,320 MW each, will be set up at Kajra in Lakhisarai, Piparpainti in Bhagalpur and Chusa in Buxar districts.Bihar continues to suffer due to Power deficiency; one of the biggest challenges lies in the area of distribution and coverage. Last mile connectivity issues, maintenance and collection are other areas which also needs special attention.
Its public manifesto to make Bihar power self sufficient has the idea of Decentralized Renewable Energy (DRE) model works on the principle of producing electricity through renewable energy near the source of use or consumption. For example, a village which receives abundant sunshine throughout the year and has surplus biomass could become self-sufficient in energy by producing power through a combination of renewable energy technologies such as solar energy and/or biomass and manage the system locally.
The model ensures democratization of the process of power production and secures access to reliable and quality energy for the community via utilization of locally available resources. Successful case studies of the DRE model titled “Empowering Bihar” showcases the success story of Rice Husk Power System & Tripolia Hospital Solar Research center.