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Delhi govt makes LED streetlights mandatory

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By BizLED Bureau

Dec 4, 2015: Delhi government has decided to replace all the existing non-LED streetlights with LED bulbs to reduce energy consumption, said Delhi government?s power minister Satyender Jain.

Jain said that around 60,000 MW of electricity is being used in the capital for street-lighting alone and plans to reduce it by half. Stressing on sustainable living, the minister said that we need to focus on renewable sources of energy, such as solar power. A proper financing model would be developed to bring down costs of such clean energy sources.

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?We will make LED street lighting mandatory in Delhi and change those which have already been installed. We have asked PWD to implement it. If the government creates a market, demand shall automatically go up and prices will come down,? Jain said.

Cost of solar energy per unit was Rs 7 when our government assumed office, which has now come down to Rs 4.53 per unit. Proper financing will bring it down more,? Jain said and added, ?Quality will have to be assured as well. LED is the future. India is an assembling hub now, so it should be a manufacturing hub as well.?

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