Ongoing DSM Projects

1.9W LED bulb & 20W LED tube light


  • Replacement of conventional incandescent bulb by 9W LED bulb under Hosa Belaku.
  • Replacement of fluorescent tube lights by 20W T8 LED tube lights under Phase-2 of “Hosa Belaku”.
  • M/s Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) (a Joint Venture of PSU’s of MoP, GoI) is the consultant and implementing agency.

2.Surya Raitha


In September 2014, the Government of Karnataka (GoK) envisaged a sustainable solution to the problem of agricultural power by way of Surya Raitha scheme. The scheme proposes to provide net metered solar water pump systems of high energy efficient. Farmers who were previously drawing energy from the grid will now be encouraged to export excess energy generated by their solar water pumping system and earn additional revenue for net energy exported thereby completely eliminating drawl of energy from BESCOM grid for their agricultural pump sets.

BESCOM has taken up a pilot project forenergizing 310 IP sets with solar power by replacing existing inefficient pumpsets by energy efficient pumpsets with variable frequency drive by using pump controllers and to export excess energy generated to the grid on net-metering concept. The pilot is taken up on 11kV HarobeleF-2 feeder in Kanakapura Taluk.The excess energy fed into the grid will be paid back to the farmers as per tariff fixed by KERC resulting in additional income to the farmers apart from the income earned through crops.

250 Solar pumpsets are commissioned as on 30th September 2017 under Phase-I and work for balance 60 Solarpumpsets is under progress.

3.Solar off grid pumpset programme:

The Government of Karnataka through Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limitedhas initiated implementation of Solar off grid pumpsetprogramme for the benefits of the farmers.

The GoK has allotted 234 nos., 410 nos. & 175 nos. solar off-grid IP sets to BESCOM jurisdiction under Phase-I, II & III respectively. Identification of beneficiaries is under progress.

Under this scheme,the beneficiary has to apply the application in the concerned sub division. The eligibility criteria for the scheme is;motor pumpset capacity shall be 5HP, the water depth shall be within 70 mtr.or 233 ft. If beneficiary comes under general category,beneficiaryshall pay Rs.1,00,000/- DD in the name of Managing Director, KREDL.


BESCOM through M/s. The Energy Resources Institute (TERI), took up the initiative of comprehensive energy education to students that aims at sensitizing and promoting energy savings in 100 Educational Institutes (Schools and Colleges) in Bangalore to spread the message of sustainable development named as “VidhyuthJagruthiYojana”. The programme sensitizedapproximately fifty thousand students and helpto reduce energy consumption in 100 institutions and the households of students within a time period of two years (2014-2016).


VidyutRakshaka(VR) is a citizen-led energy saving or demand side management project taken up by an NGO viz, TIDE, Bengaluru. It attempts to engender a culture of saving energy by combining energy efficiency and energy conservation. VR attempts to upgrade the knowledge of participants regarding their own consumption patterns by analyzing their consumption data and providing them with bi-annual reports. VR is also providing knowledge pertaining to renewable energy in order to assist participants in making a more informed choice that can lead to sustainable energy consumption.

There have been two phases of VR; VR1(2016)and the currently ongoing VR2 (2017). A pilot study (VR1) was undertaken during 2016 for 500 households in Malleshwaram and RBD Layout by collecting requisite data. VR1 has shown savings of 17% among the savers.

6.Automated DSM program

A DSM measure to reduce 5MW load during peak hours by Automated Demand Side Management (ADSM) including renewable integration. The project is implementing through M/s.Innovari Technologies Pvt. Ltd. in collaboration with USAID.

7.Solar DC Inverter less system by IIT-Madras, Chennai


  • A pilot project implemented for 215 households in Belagavadi village, Magadi taluk, Ramanagara District.
  • The Scheme provides 2 Nos. LED bulbs, 1 No LED tube light, 1 No DC fan and 2 Nos. DC sockets for mobile charging.
  • Remote monitoring of power consumption, load usage and system performance

8.Intelligent Lighting Management System (ILMS)

  • A pilot project implementedin projects section, Corporate Office, BESCOM.
  • “Intelligent Lighting Management System” (ILMS) will automate switching ‘ON’ and switching ‘OFF’ office lighting system by movement and daylight sensing.
  • Energy savings will be between 30-50%.
  • Zero manpower cost and increase in life of the equipment.

9.BEE 5 star rated Ceiling Fan powered by AC induction motor


  • Replacement of conventional Ceiling Fans by BEE 5 star rated Ceiling Fans powered by AC induction motor.
  • M/s Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) (a Joint Venture of PSU’s of MoP, GoI) is the consultant and implementing agency.

10. Solar Water Heaters

  • Government of Karnataka has issued Order No : EN396/NCE2006 dtd:13.11.2007 for the use of Solar Water Heaters as mandatory for the buildings constructed in sites measuring 1200 sq.ftor more than 1200 sq.ft area.
  • Circulars and instructions have been issued to the field officers to educate and bring in awareness about the advantage of installing Solar Water Heating systems as per above circular.
  • Notification No. KERC/COS/D/07/10 dtd: 01.07.2010 published in Karnataka Gazette dtd: 22.07.2010.
  • A rebate of 50 paise per unit of electricity consumed subject to a maximum of Rs.50/- per installation per month will be allowed, if solar water heater are installed and used. Where bulk solar water heating system is installed, solar water heater rebate shall be allowed to each of the individual installations, provided that, the capacity of solar water heater in such apartment/group housing shall be a minimum capacity of 100 ltr. per household.
  • The public are being enlightened on this in various forums especially in JanasamparkaSabhas, Customer meets etc., We have also instructed the Meter Readers and the Linemen who are visiting the customer premises during the meter readings and while attending to the customer complaints to explain about the advantages of Solar Water Heating systems in the form of saving energy and consequential reduction in the electricity bills.
  • BESCOM have issued directions to the field officers to adhere to the notifications issued regarding mandatory use of Solar Water Heating systems by the customers as per the guidelines of Government of Karnataka.

11. Solar Roof TopProject(SRTPV)

solar panel

The Government of Karnataka has announced solar policy for Grid connected Solar Rooftop PV system on the Rooftop of the Residential/Commercial/Educational/Industrial organizations.

Benefits of the installing solar roof top system:

  • Solar power generation environment friendly.
  • Generate own power for the installation.
  • Earn money by exporting excess solar Energy generated into the grid after self-consumption.

For more details please go to “SRTPV link” in Home Page of BESCOM website.

12. Capacity Building Programme:

Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) had initiated a capacity building program on DSM and Energy Efficiency in 34 utilities known as “Training-of-Trainers (ToT)” program during FY 2014-15.

Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) intends to further propagate the knowledge of DSM at the circle level as a second phase of this Capacity Building program.

Four Training programs for the circle level officers of BESCOM were conducted by M/s.TERI during January-2018 and February-2018.

13. Earth Hour:

Earth Hour-2018 was celebrated on 24th March 2018 by switching ‘OFF’ the unnecessary lamps by BESCOM Officers/Employees and the consumers.