India: Unprecedented opportunity for energy efficient and solar power irrigation pumps in Agriculture sector

Last Modified: Sat Jun 30 2018 10:44:34 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 20 million
    Number of irrigation pumps in use in India that are powered by heavily subsidized grid electricity (12 million) or diesel (8 million).
  • 8 million
    Estimated number of diesel powered pump sets in use.
  • 2,000 million litres
    Diesel consumed for powering irrigation pumps across India each year costing on an average $2 billion.
  • 20%
    of total electricity consumption in India is in the Agriculture sector. Managing agricultural load is increasingly becoming a challenge, in large part due to low or free electricity coupled with inefficient and unreliable pump sets.
  • 20% - 30%
    The average efficiency of existing pump sets, resulting in higher energy consumption and massive water wastage.
  • 500,000
    Approximate number of pump sets installed annually. Given that only 48% of irrigable agricultural land is irrigated using pumps, there is a potential upside of 20 million further pumps.
  • Rs. 54,000 crore
    investment needed in order to replace current installed pump sets with BEE rated efficient pump sets.
  • 30%
    On an average, increased efficiency of the new pumps over existing ones. Further these pumps will come enabled with smart control panel and a SIM card, giving farmers the flexibility to switch-on and switch-off these pumps from their mobile phones and from the comfort of their homes.
  • 50 TWh
    estimated annual reduction in electricity consumption according to Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) if all the existing pumps are replaced by energy efficient pumps.
  • Rs. 20,000 crore
    Estimated annual savings in agricultural subsidies once all the pumps are replaced.
  • 06 Apr 2016
    Launch of National Programme for Energy Efficient Pumps by Shri Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. Smart BEE star rated Energy Efficient Agricultural Pump sets to be distributed to farmers under this programme. Farmers can replace their inefficient agricultural pump sets free of cost.