Apr 29, 2016: With the Electricity Department set to distribute 15 lakh LED bulbs to 4.89 lakh customers within the next two years, Goa is all set to become 1st Indian State to enjoy 100% LED coverage. This means that Goa will be replacing 1.66 lakh street lights with LEDs soon.
The Electricity Department has partnered with Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) and introduced the Ujala scheme. The scheme offers affordable LED bulbs to customers with the aim to ensure maximum energy efficiency in their homes.
Goa to become first Indian state to enjoy 100% LED coverage
Power Secretary IAS Kunal said Goa will soon enjoy 100% LED coverage as ESSL will be distributing 15 lakh LED bulbs to registered customers at a price of Rs 25 per bulb as against the market price of Rs 450. The LED bulbs are made in India and are better in energy consumption, he added.
He also said that usage of these bulbs will aid the Electricity Department to save up to 78.56 million units of power on a yearly basis. On the other hand, LEDs will aid the consumers in saving power costs up to Rs 1100 per 1000 electricity units.
The aim is to reduce energy cost of customers, with special focus on the lower income group, informed the IAS officer adding after the local customers, EESL would be replacing the entire street lights of Goa with LED lights.
The UJALA scheme implemented by ESSL has received tons of attention across the nation, both urban as well as rural areas. The major reason for such kind of massive response is the ability of the LED bulbs to supply reliable luminosity even in low voltage, where CFL and incandescent bulbs typically fail.