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Source: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
Thursday, December 29, 2011 05:00 PM IST (11:30 AM GMT)
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TERI'S LaBL Programme Launches Technology Resource Centre Scheme in Bihar
Overall aim of the programme is to achieve country's long term energy security and ecological sustainable growth, thereby enabling an environment for solar technology penetration in rural India
Patna, Bihar, India, Thursday, December 29, 2011 -- (Business Wire India) -- 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 today in Bihar, called Technology Resource Centre (TRC). TERI's Lighting a Billion Lives (LaBL) initiative has been touching hearts and expanding, thereby empowering the rural India. TRC is a local level enterprise (under the LaBL program) 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."
Highlighting the importance of such initiatives, Dr Akanksha Chaurey, Director, Decentralized Electricity Solutions, TERI, said, "This programme uniquely addresses the call for simultaneous and corresponding balance in technically qualified human resources in the solar sector, especially the rural areas. There is a need to engage rural workforce like technicians for undergoing training programmes and specialised courses to meet the requirement of skilled manpower for field installations and after sales service network to meet this challenge."
These centres are aided by UK's Department for International Development (DFID). DFID is supporting TERI to set up more than 400 such centers across the country by 2015.
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 can earn incremental income through the sale of a range of LaBL approved solar lanterns by acting as the local retailer and also enhance skill-sets through additional training on other clean energy programs in the area.
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.
TERI's approach towards training as part of its LaBL initiative has been at the multi-stakeholder level - the initiative imparts training at the user, operator and partner NGO levels to ensure overall sustainability. In the last two years, TERI has organised about 60 such programmes, to train and sensitise users (called LaBL Choupal); charging station operators (called Prakashdoot Prashikshan); and also developed institutional capacity of grassroots NGOs (called Aao Saath Chalein), in implementing decentralised solar programmes.
LaBL has till now distributed around 55,660 lanterns in the field covering over 1100 villages across 19 States in India, including 500 lanterns in Myanmar and 100 in Sierra Leone. More than 278,300 lives have been benefited so far, and 1100 plus green jobs have been created.
About Lighting a Billion Lives (LaBL)
LaBL is a unique and measurable sustainability initiative that effectively demonstrates how public-private-people partnership easily supports developmental schemes and initiatives particularly in the area of rural energy access. LaBL is a TERI initiative that aims to enable energy-impoverished communities across the globe to access clean and reliable sources of lighting through solar technologies in an attempt to improving their quality of life. LaBL provides a flexible entrepreneurship based energy service model in which solar charging stations (SCS) are set up in energy poor villages.
About: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
From microbiology to global climate change, from smoke-filled rural kitchens to plush corporate boardrooms, from schoolchildren to heads of state-no sphere of human endeavor is unfamiliar to TERI. Headed by world-renowned economist and Head of the Nobel Prize winning UN Climate panel, Dr. R K Pachauri, TERI is best described as an independent, not-for-profit research institute focused on energy, environment, and sustainable development and devoted to efficient and sustainable use of natural resources.
A dynamic and flexible organisation established in 1974, all activities in TERI move from formulating local and national level strategies to suggesting global solutions to critical energy and environment-related issues. Headquartered in New Delhi, TERI has established regional offices in Mumbai, Bangalore, Goa, Guwahati and Mukhteshwer in the Himalaya's and International centers in Japan, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates, Washington DC, London and Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Manish Kumar Pandey, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), + 91 9650103222, firstname.lastname@example.org
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