As part of the state's energy efficiency initiative, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will launch 'energy-efficient fans programme' at Narsapuram village in West Godavari district on Monday.
These electric fans will be sold to consumers at Rs 1,173 each as against the market price of about Rs 1,750. Consumers can also pay in monthly instalments of Rs 60 each for 24 months. A domestic consumer can buy two fans, commercial institutions 10 and industries 50 fans.
Energy department secretary Ajay Jain, who held a meeting on the implementation of the programme with AP Electricity Regulatory Commission chairman justice Bhavani Prasad here on Sunday, said, “We have requested chief secretary SP Tucker to take steps to distribute at least one lakh fans in each district. It will result in an annual savings of around 180 MU to 200 MU.”
Jain said the CM had given his consent for the launch of distribution of two more LED bulbs to all SC and ST consumers at a subsidised price of Rs 10 per bulb. The APERC chairman said, “I am happy that a national programme on energy-efficient fans, which can reduce power consumption as well as electricity bill amount of consumers, is going to be launched at my native place.”
He assured full support and cooperation to the initiatives of the state government and the Discoms in devising and implementing various energy efficiency programmes such as LED bulbs distribution, and energy-efficient ceiling fans. According to State Energy Conservation Mission (SECM) chief executive officer A Chandra Sekhara Reddy, keeping in view the general climatic conditions which are hot and humid in the state and the necessity of the ceiling fan in average low and middle class households, the Discoms are taking steps to distribute more number of energy- efficient ceiling fans across the state.
“Energy principal secretary Ajay Jain has submitted a report to chief secretary SP Tucker stating that if the state government can distribute at least one lakh fans in each district, it would result in an annual savings of around 180 MU to 200 MU,” Reddy added.