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
  1. Investing in providing new services such as rooftop solar and other energy efficiency services ensures an increase in revenue for the discom.
  2. Targeted programs to implement the model can help the discom in better demand side management.
  3. Gives the discom the opportunity to get into providing innovative energy solutions and services to the consumers.
Benefits to consumers
  1. Consumers savings on the electricity bills increase.
  2. Consumers are able to avail integrated energy services seamlessly through a single process.
  3. 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 Segment
    Consumers with exclusive roof access
  • Location
    Residential building, office spaces and other buildings with exclusive roof access
  • Asset Ownership
    Discom – transferred to the consumer after recovering capital
  • Metering Arrangement
  • Role of Discom
  • Level of involvement by utility
  • Need for partnerships
  • Revenue to DISCOM
  • Skill Requirement
  • Risk to Utility