Andhra Farmers Get Smart SIM card Agricultural Pumps

Andhra Farmers Get Smart SIM card Agricultural Pumps

Team EnergyInfraPost

In order to make country more energy efficient, the Union Government on April 7 announced two new energy efficiency schemes namely National Energy Efficient Agriculture Pumps Programme and National Energy Efficient Fan Programme in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh.

While the union minister of state (IC) for power, coal and RE, Piyush Goyal was scheduled to be present at the programme, the sudden demise of senior BJ P leader LK Advani’s wife–Mr Kamla Advani led to cancellation of Mr Goyal’s visit.

The programme was launched by the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N. Chandrababu Naidu during the inaugural session of the two-day International workshop on energy efficient lighting.

These Schemes will be implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a JV of PSUs under Ministry of Power.

Under the National Energy Efficient Agriculture Pumps Programme, farmers can replace their inefficient pumps free of cost with the new BEE star rated energy efficient agricultural pump-sets.

As reported first in EnergyInfraPost.com, these pumps will come enabled with smart control panel and a SIM card, giving farmers the flexibility to remotely control these pumps from their mobile phones and from the comfort of their homes.

Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N. Chandrababu Naidu launching the National Energy Efficient Agriculture Pumps Programme, at the International Workshop on Energy Efficient Lighting: Urban Experiences and Implementation Practices, in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh on April 07, 2016.
Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N. Chandrababu Naidu launching the National Energy Efficient Agriculture Pumps Programme, at the International Workshop on Energy Efficient Lighting: Urban Experiences and Implementation Practices, in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh on April 07, 2016.

EESL will distribute 200,000 BEE star rated pump-sets to the farmers under this programme, which will lead to 30% of energy savings by 2019. This translates into an annual savings of approximately Rs 20,000 crore on agricultural subsidies or a saving of 50 billion units of energy every year.

FEATURES OF NATIONAL ENERGY EFFICIENT AGRICULTURE PUMPS PROGRAMME
 Smart BEE star rated Energy Efficient Agricultural Pump sets be distributed to farmers.
Farmers can replace their inefficient agricultural pump sets  free of cost.
Pumps to come with Smart Control Panes that has a SIM card and a Smart Meter.
Smart Control Panel will enable a farmer to switch on or switch off these pumps through his mobile and sitting at the comfort of his home.
Smart meters to ensure the farmers to monitor consumption on real time basis.
EESL to distribute 200,000 BEE star rated pump-sets to the farmers under this programme, which will lead to 30% of energy savings by 2019.This translates into an annual savings of approx Rs20,000 crore on agricultural subsidies or a saving of 50 billon units of energy per year.
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With the usage of these 50 Watts BEE 5 Star rated ceiling fans, to be distributed under the National Energy Efficient Fan Programme, it is estimated that consumer’s electricity bills will reduce by about Rs. 700-730 per year. Therefore, the cost recovery of purchasing these fans is less than 2 years.

These fans are30% more energy efficient as compared to conventional fans, which range from 75-80 Watts. At present, two energy efficient fans will be provided to each consumer at Rs 60 a month per fan on EMI basis. The EMI amount will be added to the consumers’ electricity bills for two years. This scheme will be available to the consumer on providing a copy of latest electricity bill along with a copy of residence proof at the designated distribution centre. The consumer can also purchase the fan by paying Rs. 1250/- upfront.

FEATURES OF NATIONAL ENERGY EFFICIENT FAN PROGRAMME
Energy-Efficient, 50 Watts and 5-Star Rated Ceiling Fans.
These fans are 30% more energy efficient as compared to conventional fans, which range from 75- 80 Watts.
Fans being procured form leading companies.
At present, two energy efficient fans will be provided to each consumer at Rs 60 a month per fan on EMI basis.
Scheme will be available to the consumer on providing a copy of latest electricity bill along with a copy of residence proof at the designated distribution centre.
Consumers can also purchase the fan by making UPFRONT payment of Rs. 1,250 for 50 watts fan
It is estimated that consumer’s electricity bill will reduce by about Rs 700-730 per year- which means that the cost of this fan can be recovered in less than 2 years.
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Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh  N Chandrababu Naidu called upon the people to feel responsibility of saving energy which is a big challenge the nation is facing. He said that the State government is moving ahead with innovative ideas in saving energy.

Mr Naidu also said that when Visakhapatnam was hit by Hudhud cyclone last year, the government replaced all the incandescent bulbs with LED which saved 21,000 mw of power and also saved money of the State exchequer.

Stating he was the harbinger in bringing reforms in Electricity Board functioning, Shri Naidu said “Andhra Pradesh is the first state in India to adopt more than 1.8 crore LED bulbs under the UJALA scheme which has helped the state government to save Rs 2.6  crore daily.

Andhra Pradesh has always been a pioneer in adopting Energy efficiency programmes. To add to the success of UJALA in the state we will now implement energy efficient fan programme and the energy efficient agriculture pumps programme. This will help us to manage our peak demand and in-turn help the state become energy sufficient”.

Earlier Naidu inaugurated the International workshop on Energy Efficient Lighting by unveiling the Energy Efficient Fan and by switching on Energy Efficient Agriculture Pump installed in Rajamundry, 150 km from Vijayawada, through remote control.

The also CM distributed first lot of LED bulbs and fans to the consumers at the function.

Andhra Pradesh Principal Secretary, Energy, Ajay Jain, welcomed the gathering. Dr Ashok Sarkar, World Bank Group, Zhinguiang Xu, Dy Director General National Energy Conservation Cetre, China, TERI D G Ajay Mathur, Chairman EESL Rajeev Sharma and Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director, EESL others attended the meeting. In all representatives of 15 countries across the globe and from representatives of State governments in country are attending the conference.

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