By BizLED Bureau
August 29, 2015: Indian government to replace all streetlights with LED bulbs in next two years. Speaking at the first Foundation Day celebrations of the Association of Renewable Energy Agencies of States (AREAS) in Indian city Bengaluru, Karnataka, Power Minister Piyush Goyal said. “Under the Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme, efforts are being made to replace all domestic bulbs into LEDs. Karnataka will join hands with the central government in its energy efficiency program.”
This program is in line with the power ministry?s motto of energy efficiency and providing dependable energy in the country. India has also mandated all state government to change street lighting to LED lights in their respective states. India has 27.5 million street lights. This change will save more than 5,000 MW of electricity consumption over a period of three years.
The mandate by the central government came after Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) released a survey on the streetlights of India. The survey concluded that more than 80% of streetlights in India have been installed in a haphazard manner without considering the pole distance, type and height of luminaire, among other things. The survey revealed that not only the lighting has to change but every aspect of street lights has to be overhauled.
The government has appointed Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) to undertake the projects of supporting, financing and installing the LED systems in the country. It has been decided that all the streetlights will be changed in a phased manner.