Phase 1-The Inception Phase: Months 1-6 In this phase of conceptualization, the management along with a few key expert resources will give concrete shape to the “end states” the program aims to achieve at both the project and ecosystem levels. Phase-2 The first part of the Implementation Phase will see a rollout of the pilot sites in the selected clusters wherein ESCOs will set up power plants. The management and operations of these micro grid facilities will be handed over to SGHs by developing their operational and management capacity. Over the decades of its existence, TARA has set up over 320 enterprises using market validated technology and solutions. The TARA Energy and Revenue Management System (TERMS), supplies high quality electricity with smart ‘cloud enabled’ load limiters, that reduce power thefts and manpower costs. It consists of a centralized dashboard that provides real time data to monitor business performance and as well asa consumer management mobile application.
Phase-3 The Capitalization Phase will be a major milestone where the experiences and learning from the program’s rollout and implementation would be consolidated and converted into assets, which could, in a future ‘Expansion Phase’, be deployed to replicate successful models. In the 36th month, a major evaluation exercise will be conducted not only to reconfirm program’s relevance but also to measure outcomes against targets set forth during the Inception Phase.
TARA itself plans to scale the proposed model by a factor of at least ten times (300 villages, 100,000 households). Further, TARA envisages a sustainable, commercial “Multiplication” phase in which the model will be adopted by ESCOs and NGOs through widespread dissemination of knowledge transfer tools to reach out to thousands of villages. As mentioned before, a reshaped national/global energy agenda will create breakthrough opportunities for transforming development policy and practice and role of women in energy management.