June 22, 2016: With the ongoing push towards LED lighting in India, a number of places across the nation have adopted this energy efficiency method to cut power consumption and minimize electricity bills. And now, Hyderabad and Ludhiana will soon go green with LED street lighting.
LED scheme in Hyderabad
Under the energy-efficiency scheme, the conventional streetlights will be replaced with LEDs across Jubilee Hills, Banjara Hills and Yousufguda.
At present, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) spends around $2.67 million in electricity. With the switch to LED lighting, the amount is expected to reduce to $1.15 million.
LED technology requires relatively less maintenance as compared to the existing existing sodium vapor streetlights. More importantly, it is expected that LEDs will help in saving 60% energy.
Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) is all set to install the LED streetlights in the city with conversion cost of around $2.6 million. In addition, a monitoring system will also be set up to control the LED streetlights.
LED scheme in Ludhiana
The Punjab Municipal Infrastructure Development Company (PMIDC) has hired ESSL to install LEDs across Ludhiana.
The LED scheme for the city was first proposed in 2008 with the aim to replace the conventional street lights with the LEDs. At present, there are 1.05 lakh street light points in Ludhiana and the MC is paying over Rs 30 crore on a yearly basis towards power consumption by street lights.
With the implementation of the energy-efficiency scheme, the electricity bills will reduce drastically. In addition, it will be helpful for the commuters on the roads with better lightning. The PMIDC has directed ESSL to get the scheme approved from the MC General House on the basis of the structure and terms and conditions of the EESL model.
There were indications that once the House accorded its sanction, the MC would sign a MoU with the EESL for the whole city but implementation would be done in a phased manner, starting with a pilot project in one ward.
One of the officials pointed out that this is a much-awaited scheme for Ludhiana and at last, the PMIDC has given consent to the MC to carry out the scheme. Such energy-efficiency scheme will indeed pave way for better lighting, reduced electricity costs and save power.