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Business Model
HPS provides end-to-end renewable energy solutions by installing 25-kW to 100-kW ‘mini power plants’ and then wiring villages and hamlets of up to 4000 inhabitants to deliver electricity on a pay-for-use basis. 
This technology cost-effectively converts agricultural residue (rice husk, mustard stems, corn cobs, certain grasses etc) into electricity. A typical plant can serve two to four villages within a radius of 1.5 kilometers, depending on size and population. The plant employs local villagers who are then trained by HPS to conduct plant operations.  
 
 
A Low Cost Solution:
Consumers pre-pay a fixed monthly fee ranging from US$2 - $3 to light up two fluorescent lamps and one mobile charging station. This offers consumers savings of at least 30% over competing kerosene and diesel energy sources (annual savings of up to US$50) and a lighting package that can serve the whole household. Additional customised packages are available to meet the varying needs of each customer.
 
Leading Technology:
HPS manages a network of decentralised power plants across wide geographies using a cloud-based, real-time monitoring system. Electricity is distributed through micro-grids made from bamboo or other sustainable materials instead of concrete. A custommade pre-paid meter helps the company ensure that consumers utilise no more than the wattage they have paid for. Low-cost transformers developed by the company ensure consistent voltage flow and theft free distribution.
 
Husk is pioneering new income streams to support the sustainability and value creation of its plants:
 
Recycling by-products:
Bio-char is a waste product of the gasification process that can be used to make incense sticks and char briquettes. HPS employs a group of women from the local villages for this activity providing them with income generating opportunities. HPS is also currently working on additional ways to monetise this waste through silica precipitation.
 
Carbon off-sets:
HPS’s solution displaces use of kerosene lamps and diesel based solutions. Each plant helps avoid 125 to 150 tonnes of CO2 per year which can be monetised through Certified Emission Reductions (CERs).
 
Product channeling:
HPS utilises its plants as platforms to channel products from different companies and foundations to rural consumers. Consumers are able to access products that were not previously available to them.
 
Distributed product manufacturing:
To enhance livelihoods in local communities, HPS is currently piloting programmes to train local electricians to manufacture simple electronic products such as pre-paid meters or innovative products such as small refrigeration devices for rural microenterprises.
 
 
 
 
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