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CSC Tie Up with Tata Power to Set Up Solar-powered Micro Grids and Water Pumps

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CSC, Tata Power tie-up to provide solar-powered micros grids

On April 15, 2021, The Common Services Center (CSC), the government’s e-governance services arm made a partnership with Tata Power to set up solar-powered micro grids and water pumps in rural areas across the country.

About the partnership in brief:

Objective: To provide clean and sustainable energy to households and businesses in rural areas.

Affordable Power through Micro grids:

  • Under the partnership, Tata Power planned to set up 10,000 micro grids in rural areas with support from CSC’s village-level entrepreneurs (VLEs).
  • The VLE’s will be trained to install and maintain the micro grinds and they also will connect the rural citizens and MSME units.
  • The power generated through the micro grids will be serviced by a local entrepreneur at an affordable cost with better quality.
  • Pilot program: The micro-grids has been piloted in five villages of Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh

Water Pumps:

Tata Power will also provide solar water pumps(rental) to 6000 Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs)

Employment creation:

As per the partnership, 3.75 lakh CSCs will be involved in supplying solar water pumps to farmers and help in setting up micro grids, hence it will create employment to a minimum of two persons in each panchayat and thereby which will lead to 20,000 jobs for rural youth.

Recent Related News:

On 26th March 2021, Convergence Energy Services Ltd (CESL) signed a pact with CSC e-Governance Services India Limited, a Special Purpose Vehicle (CSC SPV) to create a demand aggregation for electric mobility(e-mobility), solar, energy efficiency solutions and other initiatives of CESL.

About CSC and its structure:

It is an Information and Communication Technologies(ICT) enabled front end service delivery point, formed under the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP), in May 2006 to offer web-enabled e-governance services for G2C (government-to-citizen) and other B2C (business-to-citizen).

Managing Director of CSC- Dinesh Tyagi

The PPP structure of CSC:

The Public Private Partnership (PPP) model of CSC has a 3-tier structure

  • Tier-1: The VLE – which is a CSC operator,
  • Tier-2: The Service Centre Agency (SCA)- which is responsible for a division of 500-1000 CSCs, and
  • Tier3: State Designated Agency (SDA) – which is responsible for managing the implementation in the entire State.

Department of Information Technology(DIT) has appointed a National Level Service Agency (NLSA) to support the SDAs and SCAs