Integrated Energy Centres are solar powered community centre’s that can host a range basic services and activities lacking in an under-served community. The centre aims at positively impacting quality of life and livelihoods by addressing fundamental energy needs and services relying on energy.
Energy centres are essentially solar powered independent service centers for rural/urban/peri-urban spaces where a combination of energy services (such as lighting, mobile charging, charged batteries, and others) can be provided on a daily/monthly rental basis.
Integrated energy centers (IEC) are energy centers that are co-located with any community space like a library, education centre, health centre etc.; or vice versa i.e. education, health, finance services can be introduced in the energy providing unit so that these centers will become a hub for the underprivileged to access services that are either difficult to obtain or unreliable. Additionally, every IEC promotes the use of alternate energies, educating users with possible methods and technologies that can be implemented for their need, and connects users to the provider keeping the user interests at highest priority.
An IEC works best in communities with energy scarcity.
The services, activities and structure of an IEC are generally designed depending on the need in a particular community. Each IEC is custom designed to best suit local environments and situations such that every aspect of it can be sustainable.
Income generated by the IEC through the various services is supposed to recover all costs including running, maintenance and capital costs of the centers. The centers are typically run by partners, operators, groups or entrepreneurs from the community itself.
IECs are owned and operated by individuals from within the community through three unique financial models: entrepreneur-based, community-owned and partner/ operator owned.
Areas of impact include: Energy Services, Education, Health, Information and Awareness, Livelihoods.
SELCO Foundation has developed over 16 centers across urban, rural and tribal underserved communities of which 11 are based in urban slums.