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Coimbatore based CRI has bagged a Rs 150 crore order from Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), the government owned energy service company to replace existing inefficient agriculture pumps with energy pumpsets covering over 40,000 farmers in Andhra Pradesh.
These pumpsets are enabled with Internet of Things (IoT) based smart control panels with estimated energy saving potential of 25 per cent and are provided free of cost to farmers with free maintenance for five years, CRI said.
This is part of Rs 400 crore Agriculture Demand Side Management (AgDSM) program being run in association with Government of Andhra Pradesh. The company claims the average efficiency range of BEE Star rated energy efficient pumpsets is 40 to 50 per cent compared to 20 to 30 per cent of existing pumpsets.
“Low-cost or free electricity coupled with high inefficiencies contributes to adoption of inefficient and unreliable pumpsets, resulting in massive water wastage and high energy consumption. EESL has taken up the initiative of accelerating the implementation of AgDSM programme in India," said Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director, Energy Efficiency Services Ltd.
G Soundararajan, Vice-Chairman, CRI Group said: “The IoT enabled pumpsets will help farmers to monitor through their mobile phones; the working condition of the pumps; switch on and off the pumps using their mobile phones any time, from anywhere; monitor power consumption; track performance in real time; and also get message alerts through their mobile phones if anyone tries to steal the pumps."
He added that the pumps are also programed to automatically switch off when there is no ground water or a cut in power supply. In addition to high levels of energy savings, it will make operating the pumps easier for farmers and bring down repair costs. The Electricity Department can also remotely monitor power consumption details, quality of power, running hours and various other parameters.
Shashi Kant, Regional Manager & Deputy General Manager, Energy Efficiency Services said the AgDSM program in Andhra Pradesh in the first phase involves replacement of one lakh old inefficient pumpsets with BEE 5 star rated energy efficient pumpsets along with smart control panels. Over the next few years, 15 lakh inefficient agriculture pumps will be replaced in the state. The program aims to save 349 million units of energy per annum amounting to savings of Rs 139.60 crores per annum for the government. The project duration is five years.”
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