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Indian city Greater Hyderabad to provide LED bulbs to 2.8 million homes

Indian city Greater Hyderabad to provide LED bulbs to 2.8 million homes

By BizLED Bureau

Dec 23, 2015: In order to save energy, the Telangana Southern Power Distribution Company Limited has planned to introduce Domestic Efficient Light Programme (DELP) for all 28 lakh domestic consumers in Greater Hyderabad, Telangana, India. A proposal has been made to provide at least four LED bulbs of 10 watts to each household at Rs 10 per lamp at a total cost of around Rs 110.20 million.

The main objective of the DELP is to promote high-quality LED lighting in the domestic sector by overcoming the high initial cost barrier. The use of LED bulbs in domestic lighting is expected to result in a reduction of over 50% in energy consumption, which is usually half the wattage of conventional lighting. Through this scheme, DELP plans to discourage use of inefficient incandescent bulbs.

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Under the scheme, LED bulbs will be made available at selected places at a cost much lower than the market price and ranging from Rs 300 to Rs 400 as replacement for incandescent lamps and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Currently, DELP is being implemented in Guntur and Tenali districts in Andhra Pradesh. Earlier, a team from Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) electrical wing made a field visit to the two places to study the distribution of LED bulbs to individual households by the respective Discoms there. Following the study, the GHMC team has suggested that it would be better to distribute LED bulbs to individual households by Discoms after taking some initial amount from domestic consumers and including the remaining amount in power bills for 10 months.

Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), a public sector entity under the Ministry of Power (Government of India), procures LED bulbs through competitive bidding and provides these bulbs to consumers at competitive rates.

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According to GHMC officials, in the two Andhra Pradesh municipalities, EESL is operating about 10 centres for distribution of two LED bulbs of 7 watt and 9 watt and has supplied more than half million LED bulbs to consumers/households of Discoms after they submitted two incandescent bulbs and proof of electricity bill, Aadhaar card and an initial payment of Rs 10 per bulb. The remaining amount, around Rs 90, will be recovered by Discoms along with monthly bills.

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