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Converting India’s 35m streetlights to LEDs can save Rs 55,000m every year

Converting India’s 35 m streetlights to LEDs can save Rs 55,000 m every year

By BizLED Bureau

 Oct 4, 2016: With the aim to replace traditional streetlights with LED lamps, Government of India launched a national program on January 2016  to bring 100 cities under the program. The Street Light National Programme (SLNP) has plans to replace 35 million traditional streetlights with LED lamps. This will lead to an annual saving of 9,000 million units, thus helping India to save Rs 55000 million per year, according to a government press release.

The government has taken such an innovative step to save as much energy as possible for the future generations. In order to execute the LED plan, the government had appointed Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) as its implementing agency.Under the plan, the government aims to make the whole nation energy efficient by replacing all streetlights with LED lamps by the end of 2018.

The existing streetlights require 3,400 MW power. The LED replacement will help to reduce it to 1,400 MW, which will help to save 9000 million kWh of electricity per year. EESL along with each state’s electricity distribution company are implementing the program.

 Reduce electricity bill and conserve environment

The chief goal of the government is to promote efficient lighting, improve awareness on using resourceful equipment, which decrease electricity bills, and help conserve the environment. EESL replaces the traditional streetlights with LED lamps at its own costs. However, maintenance and reduction in energy cost of the municipality is used to repay EESL over a period of time.

Overall targets

Overall target of no of street lights to be replaced 35 million
Expected overall annual energy savings 9000 million KWh
Expected reduction of installed street light load 1500 MW
Expected annual cost reduction of ULBs Rs 5500 million
Annual estimated greenhouse gas emission reductions 6.2 million tonnes of CO2

Source: Govt press release

 Achievements till date

 No of streetlights replaced 280000
No of ULBs where work in progress/ complete 86/14 = 100
Estimated annual energy savings 72 million KWh
Estimated reduction of installed street light load 11.9 MW
Estimated cost reduction of ULBs annually Rs 438.8 million
Estimated annual estimated greenhouse gas emission reductions 64,190 tonnes of CO2

Source: Govt press release

This year, the government has plans to replace almost 6% of traditional streetlights across the nation. For this, the government has plans to install 2 million LED streetlights during the financial year 2016-17. This will help municipalities to save Rs 50,000 million per year, according to a government press release.

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Up until now, ESSL has set up 1.15 million LED bulbs across India, which has led to power saving of 38 MW per day. The south Indian state Andhra Pradesh has replaced the maximum streetlights (469,959) with LED bulbs, followed by Rajasthan (433,114) and Delhi (189,479).

The Indian government also implements Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for ALL (UJALA) scheme to distribute LED bulbs at subsidised rates across Indian households.

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