With an estimated 21 million agricultural pump sets connected to the power grid in India, irrigation becomes a substantial cost in agriculture. The sector constitutes around 18.5% of India’s total energy consumption. This power consumption is expected to rise by an estimated 54% between 2015 and 2022 which must be matched by energy efficiency.
Locally made pump sets used for irrigation are both inefficient and unreliable, causing massive water waste and higher energy consumption. To ensure efficiency in the agriculture sector, EESL is implementing the world’s largest Agricultural Demand Side Management programme (AgDSM).
AgDSM consists of methodologies and policies aimed at bringing a change in the power consumption patterns of consumers (farmers). The objective of the AgDSM programme is to reduce peak demand, and, ultimately, the total energy consumption in the agriculture sector. Under the programme, inefficient agricultural pump sets are replaced with BEE star-rated energy efficient pump sets.
We have been entrusted to drive the implementation of AgDSM programme in India. We have successfully completed the first AgDSM project for 590 pump sets in Byadgi and Nippani circles under the Hubli Electricity Supply Company Limited (HESCOM), Karnataka. Further, we have replaced 1,337 pump sets in Mandya district under the Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation Limited (CESC), Karnataka.
Currently, we are undertaking replacement of 2,496 pump sets at Rajanagaram Mandal in the East Godavari district under the Eastern Power Distribution Company of AP Limited, Andhra Pradesh.
EESL now plans to advance the programme and distribute the EEPS along with Smart Control Panels over the counter. The Smart Control Panels benefit farmers by allowing remote monitoring and control of the pump sets.