India’s EESL enter deals to install 1 million smart meters


The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) and Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) to help the utilities deploy smart meters.

The signed MoUs will enable the installation of 1 million smart meters in Haryana.

The smart meters will be deployed in phases over a period of three years.

The GPRS-enabled smart meters will provide both the utilities and their consumers with access to real-time data regarding energy use, to improve management of energy to lower bills and for optimal management of the grid network.

For instance, the two utilities will be able to quickly detect and address outages within their grid systems.

The development follows last week’s announcement by Tata Power that it will install 200,000 smart meter units in Delhi, 500,000 by 2020 and 1.6 million units by 2025.

Installation of smart meters is part of an effort by India to modernise its grid network, customer billing systems and is an integral part in the country’s Smart Cities Mission programme.

In Patna, EESL is in a partnership which will see the installation of 200,000 prepaid smart electricity meters.

The government agency was initially established to supply and implement energy efficiency appliance retrofits. However, the agency has expanded the scope of its operations. This has been the result of funding directed towards the operations of EESL by the Indian government, as well as local, regional and international funding boards.

In May, EESL secured $300 million in World Bank funding to scale up its services.

EESL has plans to deploy 219 million LED bulbs and tube lights, 5.8 million ceiling fans, and 7.2 million street lights via private sector manufacturers and suppliers using the funding.