New Delhi, Sep 14, 2018: Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of PSUs under the Ministry of Power, Government of India, has been selected by the International Solar Alliance (ISA) to facilitate implementation of 5,00,000 Solar Water Pumping Systems. These Solar Water Pumping Systems will be rolled out in ISA Member Countries that are participating in its ‘Scaling of Solar Application for Agricultural Use” programme.
EESL will be responsible for the overall successful implementation of the programme in the participating countries that include India, Bangladesh, Sudan, Uganda, Senegal, Mauritius among others.
ISA, an alliance of more than 121 countries, has aggregated demand for over 500,000 Solar Water Pumping systems from 13 Member Countries. ISA’s first Programme − “Scaling of Solar Application for Agricultural Use” aims to promote decentralised solar applications for agricultural and rural use.
Commenting on this development, Sh. Rajneesh Rana, General Manager, EESL said “We look forward to replicating the success of our ongoing solar projects and agricultural pumps programme in the Member Countries of ISA. We will leverage the wealth of our experience in implementing large-scale energy-efficiency and renewable energy programmes in India and combine that experience with ISA’s long-term vision. Our aim is to help the farmers in getting easy and affordable day-time access to irrigation. This is a major step towards decentralized power solutions that also help in reducing carbon emission.”
ISA, which is an international inter-governmental treaty-based organization headquartered in Gurugram, aims to provide a platform for prospective member countries to collaborate and address the identified gaps through a common agreed approach. ISA has been envisioned as a dedicated platform that aims to contribute towards the common goal of increasing utilization and promote solar energy and solar applications in the prospective member countries to help the world transform to a low-carbon and greener society.
EESL is implementing multiple energy efficiency projects across sectors including LED, buildings, smart-meters, streetlights, solarisation of agricultural feeders, solar lamps, agricultural pump sets, and electric vehicles.
Going by the track record of EESL, aggregation of demand and efficient bid management leads to reduction in procurement costs. With the similar practice, ISA and EESL expect to bring down the cost of Solar Water Pumping System to catalyze scaling up of the programme and encourage other member countries, as well, to submit their demand to ISA for this programme. In addition, through this arrangement, member countries will also be able to implement the project effectively through in-built monitoring mechanisms and thereby, develop large number of local employment opportunities within the country.
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