Sep 20, 2016: In August 2016, Gujarat became the first Indian state to distribute 20 million LED bulbs in a record number of 96 days.The LED bulbs were distributed in a subsidized rate under the Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) scheme, an initiative by the Indian government to reduce power consumption.
And now, Gujarat government has decided to continue to distribute LED bulbs across Gujarat, particularly after the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the LED scheme that aimed at saving power.
Under the UJALA scheme, Gujarat has distributed more than 22.5 million LED bulbs across the state. This would lead to an annual energy savings of 2590 million kWh, which is equivalent to lighting up 500,000 Indian homes for an entire year. Alongside the savings in units, the state has also benefitted from daily CO2 emission reduction of 5,000 tonnes. The program has also helped the state to avoid 520MW of peak demand.
Gujarat to continue distribution of subsidised LED bulbs
The state government plans to provide LED lights to 12.1 million households at subsidized rates across the state within 2017. The main goal of the scheme is to encourage consumers to adopt sustainable energy options for cost efficiency and energy efficiency.