What if you could go one step further than simply tossing your food scraps onto the compost heap and actually convert your lunch leftovers into energy you can use to cook your dinner, all from the comfort of your own home?
When Vijay Ingle of Chittalwadi village in Akola district decided to install a biogas plant at his dairy last year, everyone was sceptical. It had failed to take off in the Vidarbha region despite the government promoting biogas as the cleanest and cheapest fuel for over three decades and offering subsidies for setting up the plant.
Biomass and biogas are the cheap, decentralised renewable energies to choose for India. But the ministry of renewable energies -- and the technocrats and entrepreneurs surrounding it -- appear to favour hi-tech solutions such as grid solar power, with only a few exceptions such as the project to produce power from rice husk in 10,000 villages in eastern India
Sarpanch of Anand's Thamna village Chandrakant Patel (Mukhi), who won accolades for ensuring 24-hour water and electricity supply in his village, has now embarked on a project to set up bio-power company that will generate 22 mw electricity per day.