June 16, 2016: The Indian state of Gujurat has emerged as the fastest state across the nation to distribute more than 30 lakh LED bulbs under the Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) scheme, an initiative from the Indian government to reduce power consumption.
In Gujarat, the Ujala scheme was introduced in May 26 2016 and it has achieved the milestone of distributing over 30 lakh LED bulbs in a span of 19 days. The scheme is being implemented by the Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), a joint venture of leading PSUs under the administration of the Union Ministry of Power, an official said on Tuesday.
Distribution of 12 crore LED bulbs
Under the Ujala scheme, EESL is aiming to distribute 12 crore 9 Watt LED bulbs in Gujarat. At the moment, the state is distributing an average of 1.5 lakh LEDs on a daily basis. Also, the state government is contributing Rs. 10 for each LED bulb on behalf of each local customer for the procurement of first 10 LED bulbs.
The scheme facilitates domestic customers to obtain up to 10 LED bulbs at a reduced cost of Rs. 80 per bulb. Also, they have the option to pay in EMI with no front payment. Those who opt to pay through EMI will have to pay a total of Rs. 85, where a sum of almost Rs. 20 per LED bulb will be added to their electricity bill on a bi-monthly basis for 4 billing cycles.
Neelima Jain, National Programme Manager, EESL, said that it is predicted that customers will save almost Rs. 336 on their electricity bills per LED bulb on a yearly basis, making the LED bulbs free to the customers within three months.
High-quality LED bulbs
Such LED bulbs are of advanced quality with a breakdown rate of just 0.31%. EESL offers free of cost replacement for each and every technical issue for a period of three years. Jain informed that during the distribution phase, replacements can be completed through any of the distribution counters that would be functioning within the state.
Furthermore, the LED bulbs under the Ujala scheme come have a lifespan of more than 25,000 hours. Also, such bulbs consume only one-tenth of the power used by normal bulb to give the same or better lighting productivity. As compared to the conventional lamps, which either dim or fluctuate in low voltage, Ujala LED bulbs offer reliable brightness.
Under the Ujala scheme, more than 11.63 crore LED bulbs have already been distributed all over India, resulting to energy savings of 4.14 crore kWh on a daily basis which has further lead to avoidance of 3,030 MW of peak demand. With the scheme, the predicted cumulative price reduction of electricity bills of customers is Rs. 16.55 crores.