Performance study of Solar PV Based Solutions in Public Health Facilities

Duration/ Timeline: 4 Months
ToR Publish Date: 31-12-2022
Last date & time for the proposal submission: 16-01-2023
Opening date of Proposal: 17-01-2023
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About SELCO Foundation

SELCO Foundation is a not-for profit, public charitable trust. It was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. SELCO Foundation seeks to inspire and implement solutions that alleviate poverty by improving access to sustainable energy to underserved communities across India in a manner that is socially, financially, and environmentally sustainable.

SELCO Foundation’s key objectives include:

  • Systematically identify diverse needs of the poor, understand and define the role of sustainable development, poverty alleviation and decentralized energy.
  • Create and deploy innovative solutions that positively impact well- being, health, education and livelihoods towards the alleviation of poverty.
  • Foster the development of enabling conditions or an ecosystem through holistic thought processes in technology, finance, entrepreneurship and policy. Currently the foundation works across 10 states in India.

About the Program:

Stronger primary healthcare systems are essential to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 3 (SDG3) which aims to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all, of all ages, through universal health coverage. This in turn, facilitates achieving other SDGs. Primary healthcare systems in rural, remote and vulnerable environments often lack the resources integral to provide affordable, accessible and good quality health care. Reliable and affordable electricity access, alongside appropriate medical and electrical appliances contribute to increased efficacy and positive impact of healthcare provision. The need for energy is crucial when it comes to storing vaccines, using medical equipment such as baby warmers, suction apparatus and lighting especially during deliveries, powering diagnostic services and accessing basic lighting and communication for regular surgeries. Sustainable Energy when combined with efficient medical and electrical technologies helps to democratize the delivery of health services. As the country is putting their best foot forward in preparing to handling pandemic like COVID 19, SELCO Foundation along with philanthropic organisations and NGOs have partnered with the Ministry of Health, Government of India and NHSRC in one of the largest programs for upgrading and empowering public health facilities with solar energy and efficient medical equipment across India. The larger goal of the project is to strengthen 25,000 public health with Decentralised Renewable Energy and efficient medical equipment in the next 5 years. Due to improved reliability and access to clean energy, primary outcomes of the program include:

  • Increase in footfall, deliveries, types and number of services provided at the centre
  • Reduced out of pocket expenditure and transaction costs on accessing basic health services for poorer communities in the selected region
  • Improved staff comfort and retention levels especially in remote and vulnerable contexts
  • Reduction in cost per patient healthcare provision at a state level
  • Improved climate resilient and reliable access to critical health services for last mile populations

Purpose of this ToR

SELCO Foundation has deployed Solar energy lead efficient energy solutions in the public health sector across different geographies in India. The study is to understand the efficacy of the solution, the performance of the Solar PV system and the appliances and machineries connected to it.

Objectives of the evaluation:

  • Understand the utilization and usage pattern of the solution (% Utilization)
  • Usage Pattern of the different appliances
  • For Hybrid systems with back up the performance of the solution with Grid Supply and Solar PV System
  • Generation and performance of Solar PV System
  • Input characteristics of Grid (Voltage, Frequency, Power Factor)
  • Frequent technical issues occurring

Tasks and Responsibilities

The overall scope of the work is to undertake Remote Monitoring Systems for necessary data logging and conduct a detailed study to understand the power consumption and power disruption patterns along with the utilization and performance of the appliances. The scope of the work is detailed in terms of the following tasks:

1. Understand the scope of work and develop a plan of action with timelines for every deliverable. Develop an appropriate methodology that aid to achieve objectives.
2. Electric energy loggers or data loggers should be used to measure the power consumption and power disruption patterns in public health facilities in chosen geographies. Power consumption and power disruption parameters should be mutually decided by both parties.
3. Procurement of data loggers: Under this activity, the empanelled agency is required to procure required quantity of data loggers which can capture power consumption and power disruption data in the respective institutes or households. The supplier shall provide the maintenance services to data loggers during the study period and shall be able to share the power disruption data regularly.
4. Live tracking dash board for the centres to monitor
5. Data Analysis and Reporting
     a. The data shall be downloaded from the connected server (web interface) on a daily or monthly          basis
     b. The agency shall develop and submit three comprehensive reports considering three climatic            seasons.
     c. Raw Data should be supplied in requisite format (.csv or .xlsx format)
     d. Submission of the final report
     e. The margin of error for the data collected from the data loggers should not be more than ±5%

Study Sites (Scope of Study)

The scope of the study will apply to 2000+ public health facilities with initial Phase I applicable to 150 health centres in chosen geographies

The essential qualification to undertake study

  • The consultant/agency, should have adequate experience in the field of electric power systems and designs
  • The consultant/agency should have experience in conducting studies on electric power consumption and power disruption. Preference will be given to the applicant with prior experience in renewable energy systems
  • The consultant/agency, should have appropriate technology for data collection such as Electric power data loggers, web interface, etc
  • The team members deployed by the consultant/agency are expected to have technical expertise in electric power systems and designs,
  • The consultant/agency should have the ability to intervene with concerned government bodies whenever required.
  • Need to delegate through team representative in the above-mentioned geographies.
  • All claims cited by the agency should be adequately substantiated in the proposal.

Interested Agencies should apply by presenting a proposal in the following format:

A.   Technical Proposal

  • Organizational Profile
  • Study Methodology
  • Data Points
  • Technical Specification of Data logging setup
  • Key Personnel and Staffing
  • Timeline

B.   Financial proposal

Criteria for Proposal evaluation:

       30% for organisational capacity – experience and HR
       40% for approach and proposal
       30% for budget and timeline efficiency

Proposal Submission:

Proposals can be submitted in soft copy to   & will be processed on rolling basis.