128 million units of power to be saved:1500 state govt buildings to get energy efficient


By Accommodation Times

Maharashtra government planning to save 128 million units of power , by making 1500 state government buildings ‘energy efficient’.

The Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) announced on Thursday that it will enter on this monolithic  project of installing 23,000 energy efficient air-conditioners, 11 lakh LED lights and 8 lakh ceiling fans in state government buildings – with electricity consumption reducing upto 48% and saving over Rs 130 crore annually to the state treasury .

EESL chief general manager S P Garnaik told ,”It is a first-of-its-kind venture and the entire project costing Rs 325 crore is funded entirely by EESL. There will be no design change in any building, and we will be retrofitting all existing appliances with energy efficient ones”.

According to Garnaik, the ground work for the project has already begun, with the EESL receiving in-principle consent from the Public Works Department of state government. “We plan to complete the project latest by March 2019,” he stated.

It is learnt that the building sector  utilizes  approximately 35% of total energy consumption and is growing at a rate of 8% annually, which is a warning signal , one more official said.

Interestingly, the EESL also plans to launch a “National Building Dashboard” which will provide information of real time/deemed energy savings after EESL intervention of energy efficiency measures in all buildings across the country.

Said an official: “With rapid urbanization in the country, it is expected that about 40% of the population in 2030 would be urban as against 30% currently. As population expands and incomes grow, there will be exponential increase in the energy use. Energy efficiency is one of the proven and cost effective measures to meet a part of this demand and also address the issue of rapidly increasing emissions.”

EESL has an ambitious plan in this portfolio for next 2-3 years where it designate to bring investment to the tune of INR 1000 crores by 2020 covering more than 10000 large government/private buildings in next few years.

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