India’s state-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) is working on a plan to capture around a fourth of the $15 billion energy efficiency market in the country. Apart from electric vehicles and smart metering, the plan also includes focussing on distributed solar segment to help expand the coverage of solarized pump sets for agriculture, S P Garnaik, Executive Director, EESL tells ETEnergyworld in an exclusive interview. Edited excerpts.
The budget this year focused a lot on the PM-KUSUM scheme for solarization of agricultural pump sets. Since EESL is also present in this business, are there any specific plans to cater to the demand that is getting generated under this scheme?
Yes, as per the direction from Central Government, we have finalized the procurement of 1.81 lakh off-grid solar pumps to be deployed across India. This project is a part of the Central Government’s off-grid and decentralized solar PV program. It is expected that the scheme would engage with the manufacturers, the implementing agencies and non-government organisations to implement it at the ground level. We have also piloted similar projects in a few states like Andhra Pradesh, where we have replaced nearly 74,000 existing agricultural pumps with energy efficient ones but they were not solarised.
EESL had a plan to launch a second tender for procuring 10,000 EVs. What is the status?
We had earlier gone for procurement of 10,000 electric vehicles with a range of about 140 km per charge out of which about 1500 vehicles have been deployed. EESL has recently floated a tender to procure 1000 e-vehicles having range of more than 180 km per charge.