By BizLED Bureau
Mar 21, 2016: Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) distributed almost 1.4 million LED bulbs to consumers in the Indian state of Bihar, in just 15 days. As Indian citizens are becoming more aware of ‘energy efficiency’ with LED bulbs, more and more households are adopting this trend of replacing old bulbs with new LED bulbs. EESL has distributed over 80 million LED bulbs across 125 cities in the country under the Central government’s UJALA (Unnat Jyoti by affordable LEDs for all) scheme in one year.
Global energy saving is one of the prominent issue worldwide and efficient domestic lighting contributes majorly in global energy savings. The distribution of 80 million LED bulbs over a period of 12 months is an achievement with daily savings of over 28.4 million kWh savings. This is capable of lighting over 2 million homes for a year. Apart from power savings, this change has led to a daily CO2 emission reduction of 23,000 tonnes, according to an official in the energy department.
The UJALA scheme is fully operational in Kerela, Bihar, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Jharkhand, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand. Remaining states and UTs will be launching the national programme shortly.
According to Centre’s data, over 1.4 million consumers are enjoying the benefit from the EESL scheme. More than 5.7 million consumers in Bihar will benefit from the domestic efficient lighting programme (DELP) launched by the state government on March 9.
The scheme suggests that over 57 million LED bulbs would be distributed in the state. Each consumer household will receive 10 pieces of 9W LED bulbs at Rs 100 per piece which are sold between Rs 300 and Rs 500 each in the open market. Income saved from efficient lighting will be spent on other daily household items.
Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) implemented UJALA scheme has been widely accepted across rural and urban areas of the country. Due to consistent luminosity at low voltages, LED bulbs have gained wide acceptance in masses. Also, these LED bulbs are available at a one-third price comparative to superior quality bulbs. LED bulbs under UJALA scheme have a three-year replacement warranty.
Lighting sector consumes 20% of the total energy consumption in India. The government is taking efforts to replace existing inefficient lighting with more efficient LED bulbs across the country.