In an integrated utility services model, the discoms offer other services like energy efficiency measures along with rooftop solar to the consumers and a tariff is collected on the monthly electricity bill for a predetermined period of time to cover the capital costs incurred by the discom.
Benefits to discoms
- Investing in providing new services such as rooftop solar and other energy efficiency services ensures an increase in revenue for the discom.
- Targeted programs to implement the model can help the discom in better demand side management.
- Gives the discom the opportunity to get into providing innovative energy solutions and services to the consumers.
Benefits to consumers
- Consumers savings on the electricity bills increase.
- Consumers are able to avail integrated energy services seamlessly through a single process.
- Discoms providing rooftop solar and energy efficiency measures as a service relieves the consumers the burden of high upfront cost.
Source : Utility-centric Business Models for Rooftop Solar Models (USAID, 2008)
Target Consumer SegmentConsumers with exclusive roof access
LocationResidential building, office spaces and other buildings with exclusive roof access
Asset OwnershipDiscom – transferred to the consumer after recovering capital
Role of DiscomOwnership
Level of involvement by utilityHigh
Need for partnershipsHigh
Revenue to DISCOMHigh
Risk to UtilityHigh