The existing gap in the implementation and sustenance of rural energy projects is that of a network of local-level institutions that facilitates micro-implementation of project deliverables, carry out training and capacity building and ensure after-sales services. TERI identified this gap and realized the need for creating a new institution called Technology Resource Centres (TRC) under the aegis of Lighting a Billion Lives programme.
LaBL-TRC is a local level enterprise which provides post installation maintenance support to LaBL SCSs and is also authorized to market and sell LaBL approved solar products in a specified territory. Apart from providing next door and responsive after-sales support, it also aids in imparting training and local capacity building of solar charging station operators and monitoring of the stations in the area.
A network of incubation centres such as a TRC would not only ensure smooth penetration of newer technology but also its quick adaptation at the grassroots level. Realizing the crucial role that TRCs will play in providing sustainable rural energy services, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) is supporting TERI to set up more than 400 such centres spread across the entire country.