Govt. of India launches Energy Efficient Buildings Programme EESL to invest Rs 1,000 crore by 2020 under buildings programme

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Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (I/C) for Power, New & Renewable Energy, Coal and Mines, Govt. of India launched the Energy Efficient Buildings programme in a function jointly organized by FICCI and EESL. The scheme will be implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a JV under the administration of Ministry of Power, Government of India. EESL also signed a MoU with PWD Maharashtra to retrofit 1500 buildings under PWD in Maharashtra with energy efficient appliances.

Under the Energy Efficient Building’s programme EESL intends to bring investment to the tune of Rs 1000 crore covering more than 10,000 large government/private buildings in next 2-3 years. It is estimated that about 1 crore LED lights, 15 lakh energy efficient ceiling fans and 1.5 lakh energy efficient ACs will be retrofitted by EESL in these buildings. Apart from retrofitting, EESL also aims to widen its services in areas like centralized AC system, Energy Audits and New Generation Energy Management System in buildings.

Shri Piyush Goyal said, The National Buildings Energy Efficiency programme has the potential to reduce not only cost and energy consumption but significantly contribute to management of peak demand. There is no dearth of opportunities in energy efficiency and the Buildings programme is one such opportunity we should not let go. Maharashtra is a leader in managing the state’s power demand. We are confident that their ingenuity along with EESL’s capability will exceed the project savings. The National Building Dashboard is also an effective tool to not only measure savings real-time but demonstrate the transparency in implementation of projects.

He added, that Today, India is coal surplus, power surplus and with the National Buildings Energy Efficiency programme, Maharashtra will lead the country in demand side management. No other state has taken up such a grand initiative to make buildings energy efficient.

Shri Chandrakant Dada Patil, who also chaired the event, said, All government buildings should be green buildings. We are very proud to be associated with EESL for retrofitting energy efficient appliances in 1500 buildings across the state. This is just the beginning and we will move to installing solar roof-top panels in these buildings.

The Energy Efficient Buildings Programme has two business models.

The ESCO (Energy Servicing Company) model, where the entire upfront investment is done by EESL which is paid back by the building owner from the energy saving resulted by the intervention. The other model is PMC (Project management consultancy), where onetime payment cost of services is paid to EESL who then support the complete project implementation.

Mr. Jaspal Bindra, Chairman FICCI, Maharashtra State Council said, Not only is bringing in energy efficiency critical for the Power sector as a whole, but it contributes a long way towards meeting India’s climate change obligations, improving the financial health of end user entities, particularly electricity distribution companies.

Mr. Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director, EESL said, This is a momentous day for EESL where we are expanding our energy efficiency initiative to cover buildings. We have already started retrofitting numerous government buildings as a pilot to the programme. Through this programme we want to bring in uniformity and obviate the need for state/central governments to allocate capital expenditure for building upgrade. The money saved from this intervention can be used for social welfare. It has been established that energy efficiency is good for all and it is essential for manufacturing unit, large facilities and buildings where we can save energy in huge numbers.

The EESL agreement with PWD of Government of Maharashtra will attract an investment of about Rs 325 crore and is expected to complete between 2017-2019. EESL under this intervention will replace about 7,000 energy efficient ACs, 11 lakh LED lights and 6 lakh energy efficient ceiling fans, 14,000 streetlights which will lead to an energy savings of 100 MU, a 39 percent reduction in energy savings through retrofitting.

Shri SP Garnaik, Chief General Manager (Tech), EESL said, The launch of the Energy Efficient Building Programme is very timely as people around the world have realized that energy efficiency is the need of the hour. In India, the building sector accounts for approximately 30-35 percent of the total energy consumption and is growing at a rate of 8% annually therefore a big push is needed in this direction.

EESL is also looking at similar intervention in Odisha, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh to retrofit energy efficient appliances in 2000 more buildings. EESL will further widen its activities in corporate buildings, government/private establishments, PSUs etc. Apart from projects in government buildings in about 10 states, works have been initiated in 868 railway stations by EESL to replace existing inefficient lighting, ACs and ceiling fans.

EESL has recently retrofitted energy efficient appliances in NITI Aayog, Nirman Bhawan, Sardar Patel Bhawan, Shastri Bhawan, J&K Assembly, Jammu Secretariat, Vidyut Bhawan, Rajiv Chowk Metro station etc. where LED lights, BEE rated 5-star ACs and ceiling fans etc have been retrofitted. EESL has so far installed about 94,000 LED lights, 3000 energy efficient ACs and over 400 energy efficient ceiling fans in these buildings.

source- Hindustan Times