How the Sundarbans missed an opportunity to harness solar energy

Once powered mostly by solar energy, the islands in India’s Sundarbans are now home to about two dozen abandoned solar micro-grids. The micro-grids powered houses, markets, and even offices. Between 1996 and 2006, the West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Authority (WBREDA) installed 17 solar power plants with a cumulative installed capacity of 872.5 kilowatts (kW), and more were added to the list thereafter. But locals allege that none of the solar micro-grids functions today. Now, one of the country’s largest off-grid solar projects is coming up on the Ghoramara island, on the edge of Sunderbans. The island has no grid-connected power and is extremely vulnerable to climate change.

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