The National Energy Efficient Agriculture Pumps Programme is a Government of India scheme to replace the old pumps of Indian farmers with energy-efficient, smart pumps. It was launched by Piyush Goyal, the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy, on April 7, 2016 in Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh.
Under the National Energy Efficient Agriculture Pumps Programme, Indian farmers will be able to replace their inefficient pumps, free of cost, with energy efficient agricultural pump-sets. Government will provide BEE star rated pumps, which will come enabled with smart control panel and a SIM card. Farmers will be able to control those smart pumps (switch on/off) by using their mobile phones and from the comfort of their homes. The scheme will be implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of PSUs under Ministry of Power, Govt of India.
Objective of the scheme is to replace old, less efficient agricultural pump sets of Indian farmers with energy-efficient and smart pumps. The goal is to distribute 200,000 pump-sets. Expected result is 30% energy savings by 2019, which means saving of 50 billion units of energy every year or approximately Rs 20,000 crore savings on agricultural subsidies every year. National Energy Efficient Agriculture Pumps Programme is in line with Govt. of India’s strategy to save energy through various govt supported schemes. A similar scheme is UJALA, under which LED bulbs are distributed at discounted price.
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 Panels that has a SIM card and a Smart Meter.
- Farmers will be able to switch on or switch off their pumps through mobile phones.
- Smart meters will help farmers in monitoring the energy consumption on real time basis.
- Target is distribution of 2,00,000 pump-sets throughout India.
- Expected to reduce energy consumption by 30%. That means savings of 50 billon units of energy or Rs. 20,000 crore of agricultural subsidies per year.
- Ministry of Power, Govt of India.