“BIHAR IS A UNIQUE TEST BED FOR TECHNOLOGY AND SERVICE INNOVATION”“BIHAR'S 9 CRORE PEOPLE ALMOST LACK ACCESS TO RELIABLE ENERGY, EDUCATION AND HEALTH CARE SERVICES”
June 2, 2011, Patna: A prominent British magazine ‘Alliance’ has devoted its whole June 2011 issue to Bihar. The features in the magazine focus on alternative energy sector in Bihar, role of key implementers and describe how they could work in tandem with the philanthropic sector.
Guest editor Simon Desjardins in his article, 'Why does Bihar matter?', says there are three main reasons why the state has been chosen as a focus for the special feature. First, for those readers interested in energy provision and the services that could be delivered as a result of rural electricity provision, this state is a hotbed of innovation. Indeed, some of the world's most ground-breaking rural electrification businesses are scaling up in the state. "We need to learn from them."
Second, energy in Bihar may seem like a narrow focus, irrelevant to a development organization or investor working in education in Africa, for example. The opposite is true. In many ways, Bihar is a proxy for the rest of India, and a unique test bed for technology and service innovation that could be applied throughout the world.
Third, because access to products and services is so limited in Bihar, the opportunity to make a significant difference is heightened. Bihar's 90 million or so inhabitants almost universally lack access to reliable energy, education and health care services, he says in his six-page write-up.
The magazine has also profiled a company that uses rice husks and other biomass waste to generate electricity for remote villages. In an interview, Husk Power Systems' co-founder and CEO Gyanesh Pandey describes the genesis of the idea and his hopes for the future. Also, investors talk about why they provided finance for the project.
You can read the stories in detail here - ALLIANCE