Technical assistance is necessary in a range of specialized fields to support the introduction and adoption of energy efficient technologies in the MSME sector. These include sectoral survey; diagnostic study; energy audits; and facilitatory services for finance.
In planning an intervention in the MSME sector, it is first necessary to conduct a survey of different MSME sub-sector orders, so as to identify energy intensive sub-sectors that offer the potential for improving energy efficiency.
Once an MSME cluster has been chosen for intervention, it is necessary to conduct a diagnostic study for profiling the units in the cluster and the technologies in use, and estimating the energy usage patterns and energy saving potential in the cluster.
Detailed energy audits have to be conducted on various MSME units in a cluster to gather data on patterns of energy use in the industrial process and to identify areas that offer potential for increasing energy efficiency. An energy audit includes analyses of data on energy use patterns; study and evaluation of existing technologies and available technological options; and assessment of the needs of the cluster, which must be factored into the technology demonstration and dissemination process.
Facilitatory services for finance
Often, entrepreneurs as well as LSPs require assistance in obtaining finance to facilitate the adoption of the energy efficient technology, for instance, through preparation of detailed project reports (DPRs) to support their loan applications, and, where feasible, drawing up proposals for funding under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).
Here are some examples of technical assistance provided by the members of SAMEEEKSHA to support energy efficiency initiatives among MSMEs.