June 20, 2016: With the launch of Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) scheme in Goa, the residents will now get to buy LED bulbs at subsidized rates. The scheme was launched by Piyush Goyal, the power minister of India. The residents of Goa can now buy LED bulbs for Rs. 25 each in the initial stage. Later, they can buy each bulb for Rs. 85 and part of the payment can be done in installments.
Speaking at a two-day conference on power and renewable energy in Panaji, Goyal also introduced the Urban Jyoti app that renders customers a translucent platform on services related to renewable power.
Goyal said that the government is ensuring ideal implementation of the scheme in a transparent and truthful manner. We are making certain that the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to obtain 24×7 power for each and every one, every home to obtain power, each farmer to get sufficient power, industrialisation to raise quickly, this dream of Prime Minister Modi to provide 24×7 affordable, spotless power for all, Goyal added.
Stress on hydro and wind power
Laxmikant Parsekar, the Chief Minister of Goa said that the stress will be on hydro and wind in order that these two segments also receive the same momentum as given to in 2015. We are extremely confident of attaining our target of 1,75,000 MW by the year 2022, Goyal added.
Goa to enjoy subsidized LED bulb rates under UJALA
Solar energy has been a chief constituent of National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC). The Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, one of the eight core programmes under the NAPCC is planning to make a policy framework for the deployment of 20 million solar lighting systems along with 20,000 MW of solar power for rural regions by 2022.
Also, the New and Renewable Energy ministry has already sanctioned a scheme for installing 1,000 MW CTU-connected wind power projects to provide a fillip to the government’s wind energy scheme.