The West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency (Established 1993) ensures that the state giants use 5 per cent of renewable energy. From a solar housing programme to the country's first rice husk fuel power plant,it is a pioneer in the promotion of renewable energy.

Ram Chandra Dey saves Rs 350 on his electricity bill every month. That


A bulb lighted by a dynamo at a house in the village. (Vivek Singh)
Upper Mamring (Kurseong), Jan. 12: The village is once again back to days when electricity was yet to make a foray. But that does not mean that it is in the dark.

Solar panels installed on the roof of a hotel

The West Bengal Green Energy Development Corporation is dangling an extra-income option and tax sops before companies to make them generate solar power.

For a month from November 15, business establishments with roofs larger than 50,000 sq ft can seek permission from the corporation to produce solar power there.

India's first green housing project facilitated with building-integrated solar power has been developed in a new district of Kolkata. Both environmentally and economically attractive, this project acts as a trailblazer for the rapidly developing country.

Rabi Rashmi Abasan (meaning a solar housing complex), India's first solar housing complex has been conceieved by WBREDA (West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency) and is located at New Town Kolkata and spread over an area of 1.76 acres. Each house owner within the complex will produce his own power for domestic use and feed any surplus power into the local grid.