Govt, EESL, World Bank ink pact to scale up energy saving measures

The Centre, the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), the World Bank on Tuesday signed a 220 million dollars loan agreement and a 80 million dollars guarantee agreement to scale up the deployment of energy saving measures in residential and public sectors, strengthen EESL’s institutional capacity and enhance its access to commercial financing.

The investments under the programme are expected to avoid lifetime greenhouse gas emissions of 170 million tons of CO2, and contribute to avoiding an estimated 10 GW of additional generation capacity. This would be over 50 per cent of the National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency target of 19.6 GW indicated in India’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Accord.

“The Program will help tackle the financing, awareness, technical and capacity barriers faced by new energy efficiency programs and support the UJALA programme of the Government,” said Sameer Kumar Khare, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance.

“This is one of the several steps being taken by the Government to meet its climate change commitments to reduce carbon intensity by 33-35 percent by 2030,” he added.
The agreement was signed by Mr Khare on behalf of the Government, S Gopal, Chief General Manager (Finance) EESL, and Hisham Abdo, Acting Country Director, World Bank India.

The key components of the operation include: creating sustainable markets for LED lights and energy efficient ceiling fans; facilitating well-structured and scalable investments in public street lighting; developing sustainable business models for emerging market segments such as super-efficient air conditioning and agricultural water pumping systems; and strengthening the institutional capacity of EESL.

Moreover, the Program will help to increase private sector participation in energy efficiency, including through private sector energy service companies. Under the Program, EESL will deploy 219 million LED bulbs and tube lights, 5.8 million ceiling fans, and 7.2 million street lights, which will be supplied by private sector manufacturers and suppliers.

As an integral part of the operation, the first-ever IBRD guarantee in India will help EESL access new markets for commercial financing in line with the Bank’s approach of maximizing finance for development. The guarantee is expected to leverage some 200 million dollars in additional financing, to help EESL with its growing portfolio and future investment needs.

The $220 million loan, from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) to EESL, has a 5-year grace period, and a maturity of 19 years. The 80 million dollars IBRD guarantee will partially cover re-payment risks to commercial lenders or investors, to enable EESL to raise funds for its program.

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