By BizLED Bureau
Nov 27, 2015: Under the Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP), the Indian government will provide LED bulbs at Rs 44 each, which is much lower than the market price of about Rs 300. This initiative is to encourage people to use energy efficient LED lights.
“The government is looking to bring down the price of LED bulb to Rs 44 per unit under bulk purchases through competitive bidding,” power minister Piyush Goyal said at an Assocham event.
The Indian government can provide LED bulbs at such lower price as it procures LED bulbs through competitive bidding to give maximum benefits to the consumers. Under DELP, users can also pay for LED lights in monthly installments.
According to government data, by using LED lighting in domestic and public sectors, about 50-90% energy consumption can be reduced.
In the latest round of bidding, Rs 74 per unit was quoted, which is much below the initial target of Rs 99, the minister said.
India sells 770 million incandescent bulbs for domestic households, and if all these can be converted into LED bulbs, India can save 25 billion KWh (units) of energy every year.
Already, about 13.5 million LEDs have been distributed. The government aims to distribute 700 million bulbs in the next two-three years, which will be procured through bulk orders.
Prices of LED bulbs have reduced by more than 75% in the last 6-8 months due to the various programs launched by Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), a public sector entity under the Ministry of Power.
DELP aims to stimulate the market and push retail prices below Rs 150. The DELP initiative aims to replace domestic incandescent and CFL bulbs with LED lights. It will help saving 105 billion KWh (units) energy, thus reducing consumer bills by Rs 400,000 million .
Similarly, the Street Light National Programme (SLNP) targets to replace 3.5 crore street lights, manifesting in 9,000 million KWh energy savings and 1,500 MW reduction of installed street light load.
The urban local bodies (ULBs) will be able to save Rs 55000 million through this initiative. The street light programme has already reduced 64,190 tonnes of carbon dioxide emission, while the domestic light program has achieved a cut of 4.9 lakh tonnes of carbon emission.
Lighting sector accounts for about 20% of the total energy consumption in India. At present, most of the lighting need in domestic and public lighting sector is met by incandescent bulbs.