The consumption of non-renewable sources of energy has caused more environmental damage than any other single human activity in the last century. Over-dependence on fossil fuels such as coal and crude oil, has led to high concentrations of harmful gases in the atmosphere; the detrimental effects of which are seen today as global warming and climate change. And with fast depleting oil reserves, an energy crisis seems imminent.
At Govardhan Ecovillage we have taken a positive step by adopting various rural-specific alternative sources, minimizing our carbon footprint. We have successfully created a 30-cubic meter model biogas plant, which runs on cow dung and other food wastes. The gas produced from this plant is directly used as a fuel for cooking, minimizing our need for Liquefied Petroleum Gas.
The village also houses a 30kVA solar power plant and many stand-alone solar powered street lights. Another alternative source are the various animal driven prime movers (ADPMs) which utilize animal power and form an excellent alternative for common electro-mechanical devices. GEV currently houses a bull-driven water pump, bull-driven grass cutting machine and various bullock carts for transportation. The bulls are worked in turns, engaging them on alternate days, thus harnessing useful clean power and ensuring the wellbeing and quality care of the animals.
For more details about the various alternative energy sources please download our case-study here.