Block Partnership

Background of the Call

The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India has sanctioned a scheme to provide 70 Lakhs rural school students with high quality, affordable clean light in the form of solar study lamps through skill transfer to local communities. The scheme will be implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) with Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB) as the central coordinating agency. The scheme is based on the pilot 1 million solar study lamps distribution to rural school students implemented by IIT Bombay in 2014-16 ( and will be implemented in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and Assam from January 2017 to December 2018. The distinctiveness of the scheme is that it is not limited to distribution of solar study lamps, but aims at ‘localization of solar energy’ through building skills and capacities of local communities in rural areas to independently handle renewable technology based intervention.

For the execution of the scheme, IITB will partner with other organizations, i.e. Zonal Partners or Zonal Execution Agencies (ZEAs) at the zonal level and Block Partners or Block Execution Agencies (BEAs) at the block level. Zonal partners will be government aided academic institutions or government engineering colleges responsible for training, supervision and monitoring of entire operations of block partners or BEAs, while Block partners shall be NGOs or State Rural Livelihood Missions (SRLMs) and will execute scheme at the grassroots level. Refer here for rationale and pilot of the scheme, overview of the key stakeholders involved and responsibilities of block partner.

Block Partnership

For 70 Lakhs Solar Study Lamp Scheme, ‘Block level Partnership’ will be formed with State Rural Livelihood Mission (SRLM) and NGOs. The role of SRLM and NGOs is critical in this scheme for localization of solar energy through skill transfer and capacity building of local communities with their involvement in assembly, distribution, after-sales provision and solar enterprise. Thus, these institutions can act as a catalyst to decentralize renewable technology to the local-underserved communities. Applications to become block partners are invited for five intervention states of Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh.

Selection Criteria for Block Partners

The application will be reviewed and shortlisted SRLM and NGOs will be invited for the workshop. Post-workshop second level of screening process of capability assessment will take place, in which a team from IITB will visit and interact with the proposed in-charge and the team from the NGO/SRLM. The final list of the NGOs and SRLM will be put forward to the committee, consisting of officials from MNRE, EESL, IITB, for selecting the block partners. Applications will be evaluated on following criteria.

  1. Implementation experience in solar energy and/ or livelihood focused projects
  2. NGO and or SRLM with presence in at least 5 districts in the state in which they propose to be the partner
  3. Outreach and contiguous presence in qualifying blocks
  4. Existence of strong self help group (SHG) network will be preferred
  5. Existence of adequate infrastructure & facilities to set up Assembly & Distribution Centers, such as storage space to house material delivered, electricity connection, internet facility, etc.
  6. Previous experience and ability to handle medium and large scale projects
  7. Willingness to appoint and monitor dedicated staff to coordinate various activities at block level
  8. Ability to respond quickly to the needs of the project
It is suggested that senior authority should be appointed as the in-charge of the project considering the amount of money and responsibilities involved in the project.


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