Jan 27, 2017: The Central government, in coordination with the state government of Bihar, has distributed over 10 million LED bulbs under the UJALA (Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and Appliances for All) scheme. Till January 27, 2017, UJALA helped Bihar save 35,58,000 kWh per day, while Rs 1,42,32,000 was saved per day.
The scheme, which was implemented in the state in March 2016, helped Bihar to save about 13 lakh MW of energy per year, and also helped save of Rs 5190 million in consumers’ electricity bills. The UJALA scheme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January 2015. The scheme is implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of PSUs under the Ministry of Power.
“We are grateful to the state government as well as the people of Bihar who have demonstrated the willingness to switch to an energy efficient lifestyle by adopting LED bulbs as the source of lighting. Bihar has, thus, become a strong contributor in the UJALA scheme’s 200 million milestone nationally,” said Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director, EESL.
Under the UJALA scheme in Bihar, a consumer can get 9W LED bulbs at a cost of Rs 70 each. The consumers can buy the LED bulbs from EESL distribution kiosks at all SBPDCL and NBPDCL offices in Bihar.