September 28. 2014: With an aim to make LED lights cheaply available to the public, Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), a joint venture of PSUs under the Union Power Ministry, is in talks with the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) about the possibility of launching an LED lighting scheme in Kerala. EESL aims to launch the scheme for household lighting and streetlights.
EESL to launch subsidised LED light scheme in Kerala
According to a sample survey by EESL in eight northern districts of Kerala, about 40 lakh incandescent bulbs are still in use in households. The survey found that 76% of the households consumed less than 120 units a month, yet they used incandescent bulbs. The ratio is like two incandescent bulbs for three CFLs.
EESL feels that despite awareness about energy efficiency in the state, high price of LED lights to play a decisive role. As a result, launching a scheme to give away subsidised LED lights is essential in the state.
EESL has recently distributed 6.5 lakh LED bulbs in Pondicherry. A similar scheme will be launched in Andhra Pradesh on October 2.
Earlier, Kerala had implemented the Bureau of Energy Efficiency?s Bachat Lamp Yojana (BLY) scheme by replacing energy-guzzler incandescent bulbs with CFLs. In the same lines, EESL wants to launch the LED lighting scheme.