TERI launches Technology Resource Centre scheme in Bihar
In order to bridge the existing gap between implementation and sustenance of rural energy projects, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has launched a new institution in Bihar, called Technology Resource Centre (TRC) under its Lighting a Billion Lives (LaBL) initiative.
The LaBL initiative by TERI has been touching hearts and expanding, thereby empowering the rural India. TRC is a local level enterprise which provides after-sales service support to LaBL solar charging stations and is also authorised to market and sell LaBL solar products in the covered territory.
Apart from providing next door and reliable after-sales support, the TRC network also aids in imparting training and local capacity building for the execution and expansion of other rural solar energy access projects. The TRC personnel are provided training on not only LaBL technical servicing, but also on broader aspects of solar energy and technology application. A network of incubation centers such as the TRC would not only ensure quick adaptation of newer technologies in rural areas but also its long term sustenance and usage.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Bijendra Prasad Yadav, Minister, Department of Energy, Government of Bihar said, “The overall aim of the programme is to achieve the country’s long term energy security and its ecologically sustainable growth. These programmes also enable an environment solar technology penetration in the country.”
The LaBL TRC programme provides an opportunity to become a certified and authorised LaBL- TRC that can earn regular income by providing after-sales service support and quality assurance to LaBL solar charging stations. LaBL TRCs personnel would regularly visits to LaBL solar charging stations for operation and maintenance besides providing repair services for solar lanterns using tools and spare parts.
The programme would also support charging station entrepreneurs by answering queries and providing Best-Practices, and would become a sales channel for quality solar products by active local marketing.
One of the key features of the programme is to get connected to the solar energy industry network through TERI’s partners; ensuring back-end support from leading companies for additional livelihood opportunities.