Energy saving plans for AP govt. buildings
- Major power users to undergo retrofit
Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh State government has decided to retrofit all existing government buildings with energy efficient equipment/appliances to save around 40% of power consumption. The step will also help check environmental damage caused by the over use of fossil fuels.
The decision comes in the wake of the declaration of the calendar year 2017 as the Year of Energy Efficiency & Conservation by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and to implement various energy efficiency measures in an aggressive manner as part of the AP Energy Star Programme. Big hospitals, major government buildings, residential schools, colleges & hostels, multi-storeyed shopping complexes, etc will be covered under the energy efficiency programme.
The CM has emphasized the need to take up a two-pronged strategy of (A) implementation of energy efficient activities in government buildings and (B) making available energy efficient appliances/equipment such as bulbs, tube lights, fans, air-conditioners, refrigerators and water pumps to the households at affordable prices to make the 2017 as the most Energy Efficient Year.
Chairing the 5th Executive Committee (EC) & 3rd General Body meeting of the AP State Energy Conservation Mission (APSECM), a society functioning under the administrative control of the Energy, I&I Department, AP Chief Secretary SP Tucker has instructed the heads of departments of various wings to take up the energy efficiency measures in all government departments in coordination with the Nodal Officers concerned. The Centre has agreed to provide financial support for energy efficiency projects in the government buildings also. -NSS