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Indian government program slashes LED bulb prices by 75%

Indian government program slashes LED bulb prices by 75%

By BizLED Bureau

Nov 6, 2015: Energy of Efficiency Services (EESL) has cut down the prices of LED bulbs by 75% under its incentive program Domestic Efficient Lighting Program (DELP).

EESL, a joint venture of Public Sector Undertakings of the Power Minister, have slashed the prices from Rs 300 (US $4.58) in February 2014 to Rs 73 in June 2015.

The program aims to change 770 million incandescent bulbs sold in India with LED bulbs, to reduce the country?s electricity consumption by 20,000 MW. This nationwide lighting upgrade is estimated to reduce energy consumption by 100 billion KWh, and greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 80 million tonnes per year.

Under DELP, EESL has initiated another LED lighting program for Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) employees.

Distribution centers have been established throughout DMRC colonies and depots. More than 8,000 DMRC employees are expected to benefit from this scheme. Now these employees can purchase 10 LED bulbs for one-third of the market price and reduce their electricity bills by Rs 160 to Rs 400 per year.

EESL has distributed over 22.3 million LED bulbs throughout the country under the DELP scheme, and aims to replace all incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs by 2019.

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