North Delhi’s power discom, Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL), is all set to start its ambitious project to install smart meters for all its 16 lakh consumers in the national capital from this month.
The discom is planning to install smart meters and also launch a mobile app for consumers to access real-time energy consumption. Furthermore, the company is bearing the whole cost of the smart meters, with no added cost to consumers for their installation. The move has been long in the making, especially for Tata Power as the smallest of the discoms distributing power in Delhi.
The first phase includes the installation of 2 lakh smart meters in and around North and Northwest Delhi in the next one year. Five lakh meters are planned to be installed in the next two years as a part of the second phase and in the third phase of all 16 lakh consumers are to be covered by 2025.
“Deployment of large-scale smart meters and communication system, for its entire operation area of 510 square km, is a significant step to bring smart grid technology in India,” said Sanjay Banga, the chief executive officer of TPDDL.
The first phase of the project is being implemented in partnership with the global energy management pioneer Landis+Gyr. Phase I will include installing 50,000 three phase meters and 2,00,000 single phase meters. The second phase of the implementation will include 5,00,000 single phase meters and 50,000 three phase meters and is scheduled to begin in April 2019.
“We are developing a very robust infrastructure for the smooth transition from electronic meters to smart metering and ready to take a lead in the mission of developing a smart grid for smart cities with the integration of renewables, rooftop, electric vehicles as well,” said Banga.
The project already started with the installation of communication and back-end IT infrastructure last year and now the meter deployment is commencing from this month.