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ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Bharat Lal Meena, KPTCL Managing Director (right), and S. Padmanaban, senior energy and environment adviser, USAID, addressing a press conference in Bangalore on Friday. Photo: K. Gopinathan
ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Bharat Lal Meena, KPTCL Managing Director (right), and S. Padmanaban, senior energy and environment adviser, USAID, addressing a press conference in Bangalore on Friday. Photo: K. Gopinathan

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It will promote the adoption of energy efficient technologies and services

The centre will have campuses in Bangalore and MysoreIt will be set up with help from USAIDIt will display efficient lighting products and systems

Bangalore: Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd. (KPTCL) and the electricity supply companies, with help from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), are planning to set up a Lights Museum and Energy Centre, KPTCL Managing Director Bharat Lal Meena said here on Friday.

The centre will have two campuses, one in Bangalore and another in Mysore. It will be part of a broader electrical demand-side management institution aimed at promoting the adoption and commercialisation of energy efficient technologies and services in the country.

"This will have a direct impact on the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The project, which is the first of its kind in the country, will not only be a tourist attraction but also an inspiration for industrialists, scientists, engineers, architects and students," Mr. Meena said.

World-class exhibition

He said the centre will have a world-class exhibition of efficient lighting products and systems operated in an interactive mode where cause and effect will be demonstrated effectively on manual and digital systems.

The centre will be managed by an independent and unbiased third party.

"The State Government has established a steering committee, which has representatives from the Government, USAID, State escoms and lighting industry as its members. The committee will provide technical inputs to the centre," he said.

The centre is being set up as part of the centenary celebrations of electric lighting being introduced in Bangalore.

Land has been identified for the Bangalore campus of the centre at Hoody, near Whitefield. "The project details have to be worked out yet. We will be setting up the outdoor unit in Mysore," he said.

S. Padmanaban, senior energy and environment adviser, USAID, said the centre will advance awareness on demand-side management and end-use energy efficiency. It will promote the cooperation and transfer of illumination technology, facilitate lighting technology information sourcing, develop human resources and catalyse policy change with the intention of promoting Indo-U.S. cooperation in energy efficient technology.

The proposed partners are KPTCL, USAID, the Association of Electrical Lighting Manufacturers in India, the Indian Society of Lighting Engineers and Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency.

Piecemeal information

Mr. Padmanaban said there is a need for a centre such as this as existing research institutions, expositions, museums and industry provide "piecemeal information" targeted towards specialised groups, and also to cultivate integrated design practices for high-performance lighting applications and improved aesthetics.

"It is going to be a world-class museum and exhibition of `brand-less' energy efficient products and systems," Mr. Padmanaban added.

Tourism Commissioner Yogen Tripathi and senior KPTCL and BESCOM officials were present.

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