September 20, 2014: Under a Central government programme, 30 lakh consumers of Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, India, will get LED bulbs. Under the Central government?s energy conservation drive, which will start from December 2014, Srikakulam and West Godavari districts under Eastern Power Distribution Company of AP Ltd (EPDCL) and Guntur and Anantapur districts under Southern Power Company of AP Ltd (SPDCL) have been selected for the pilot project.
LED bulbs to be distributed at Rs 10 each
LED bulbs at an estimated cost of Rs 400 crore will be distributed as part of the Central government’s Demand Side Management Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP). Currently, 20 million units of power is being consumed per day by nearly 90 lakh existing conventional or incandescent bulbs in these districts. If the existing bulbs are replaced with LEDs, power consumption could be brought down to about 5 to 6 million units per day, said a senior EPDCL official.
Government body Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) had launched a similar programme in Pondicherry in February 2014. After its success, EESL has offered to distribute about 90 lakh LED bulbs?three bulbs per consumer?as part of this energy conservation mission. Though each LED bulb costs Rs 420, EESL will give these bulbs to the consumers at Rs 10 each. Consumers would have to hand over conventional bulbs to EESL to get the 7-8W LED bulbs that have a lifespan of about 50,000 hours. Once the bulbs are distributed and started lighting, the discoms would have to pay EESL the money in lieu of the energy saved due to the LED bulbs.
After AP Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) gives its nod to EESL by next month, interested agencies will be invited to supply LED bulbs through open tenders.