How to become a supported Project Developer

Why Apply

Accelerate the development of distributed solar power projects with USICEF support.

Gain access to a wide portfolio of essential project preparation services.

Become investment-ready for longer-term financing from OPIC and other international financial institutions.

Projects Supported

USICEF aims to accelerate progress towards India’s renewable energy and energy access goals, by supporting early stage development of distributed solar power projects and helping to catalyze long-term financing. USICEF invites distributed solar power project developers who operate in the following categories in India to apply for support:

Mini-Grid & Micro-Grid Power Generation

Mini-grid or micro-grid solar power projects with or without grid interactivity to a national utility

Market-Based Solutions

Projects involving sales and distribution of small-scale clean energy systems and products that provide access, or extend the hours of access, to electricity, including rooftop and small ground-mounted solar projects of less than 5 MW capacity individually, or 20 MW aggregated

Renewable Energy Infrastructure Catalyzers

Projects that introduce or expand essential infrastructure or provide additional resources to a specific market ( e.g. financing, leasing facilities or companies engaged in portfolio development of self-generation solutions for customers)

Eligibility Criteria


Projects must be focused on solar power generation and distribution for external commercial consumption.


Projects must utilize technologies that have already been proven in commercial operations and/or tested at a Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) accredited lab.


The Project Developer should not be blacklisted by any government or public sector agency in India.

How to Apply

  1. Click on the button below to fill in the form with your contact information.
  2. The application will be emailed to you after you complete the form.
  3. Send the completed application form with supporting documents to
  4. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Typically it may take between 9 to 15 weeks from the date of application submission for the application review process to be concluded.

For more information about the application process and eligibility criteria, refer to the FAQs. You can also write to us at