The use of LED lights has been made mandatory in all government buildings, industries, and commercial organisations, according to Haryana transport minister Krishan Lal Panwar. He was speaking at a conference on energy conservation in the city on Wednesday. The conference was held for two days starting Tuesday and attended by new and renewable energy ministers of states and union territories.
“To promote energy conservation, LED bulbs of nine Watt will be provided at a concessional rate of Rs 20 in the villages of Karnal, Bawal, Nangal Choudhary and Hathin, along with financial assistance of Rs 1.25 crore,” said Panwar, adding, “Two LED bulbs are being given to each household and around 1.15 lakh families are supposed to be covered under the programme.”
Speaking at the Leela Hotel, the minister also revealed that the Aggregate Technical and Commercial (AT&C) Losses on power distribution across Haryana had been reduced. “The AT&C losses reduced to 20.29% in 2017-18 from 30.02% in 2015 -16,” he said.
According to Pnawar, the two power utilities in the state – Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam and Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam — has racked up over Rs 400 crore under the Uday scheme, which involves state governments taking up a part of the debt of discoms and facilitating financial revival. “Under the Uday scheme, the power distribution companies obtained financial turnaround two years before time and earned a profit of Rs 412.34 crore in 2017-18,” he added.
He also informed that the government was going to start another scheme to install 50,000 solar pumps, having a capacity of three to one horsepower, across the state by taking a loan of Rs 1,696 crore from National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD). “As many as 15,000 solar pumps will be installed in the first phase of the scheme and 35,000 solar pumps will be installed in the second phase. After their installation, the solar pumps will generate 238 MegaWatt of green energy,” he added.
News Source: Times of India