Piyush Goyal launches Schemes for Distribution of Smart Agriculture Pumps

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In order to make country more energy efficient, Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy along with N. Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister Andhra Pradesh launched two schemes namely National Energy Efficient Agriculture Pumps Programme and National Energy Efficient Fan Programme in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh.

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These Schemes will be implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of public sector undertakings under Ministry of Power.

National Energy Efficient Agriculture Pumps Programme:

National Energy Efficient Agriculture Pumps Programme will help farmers in replacing energy guzzlers age-old agricultural pumps across the country with the new-age energy efficient agricultural pumps, with a 5-Star Rating.

These pumps will come enabled with smart control panel and a SIM card, giving farmers the flexibility to switch-on and switch-off these pumps from their mobile phones and from the comfort of their homes.

Benefits of energy efficient agriculture pumps:

Through these new-age energy efficient SIM-enabled agricultural pumps, Union Power Ministry is looking at a 30% savings in energy by 2019. This will then boil down to an annual savings of approximately Rs. 20,000 crore on agricultural subsidies or a saving of 50 billion units of energy every year.

National Energy Efficient Fan Programme:

Along with the announcement of the new-age agricultural pumps, Piyush Goyal through its state owned entity-EESL launched National Energy Efficient Fan Programme for Indian households and businesses, wherein Energy Efficient Ceiling Fans of 5-star rating 50 Watts (from leading companies such as Usha and Bajaj) will be provided at Rs. 60 a month on EMI basis (Rs. 1440 in total) and Rs. 1250/- on upfront basis.

A total of two ceiling fans can be bought on one electricity bill from domestic category consumers only.

Benefits of energy efficient fans:

With the usage of these energy efficient fans, consumers will also stand to save on their electricity bills by Rs. 700 a year.

This means, a consumer can recover the cost of this energy-efficient ceiling fan in less than 2 years.

About EESL:

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) is implementing 'UJALA' an acronym for Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All for the LED based Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP), which is currently running successfully in over 120 cities across India.

EESL has already distributed over 9 crore LED bulbs across the country during 2015-16.

The National LED programme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 2015 to convert all conventional street lights with LED street lights and Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP) to provide LED bulbs to domestic households.

DELP renamed as "UJALA" recently, is successfully running across 22 States and UTs in India.

The Government of India is committed to achieving its target of replacing all the 77 crore inefficient bulbs in India with LEDs.

This will result in reduction of 20,000 MW load, energy savings of 100 billion kWh and Green House Gas (GHG) reduction of 80 million tonnes every year.

It is estimated that this is equivalent to establishment of roughly 5 large format thermal generation plants in the country.

The country also stands to save Rs. 40,000 crore in electricity bills of consumers. Consumers can visit www.delp.in to locate the closest distribution kiosk to their place.

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