Dec 27, 2016: Indian state Gujarat has reduced the price of LED bulbs as the Central government LED lighting subsidized scheme UJALA (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All) scheme UJALA received overwhelming response by the state people.
The state government said that each LED bulb would be sold in the state at a price of Rs 65 per bulb for cash and Rs 70 per bulb for EMI. Similar rates are applicable for both residential and commercial users of the state.
LED tube light will also be sold in the state under Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme launched by the Union Government. The 20-watt LED tube light will be sold at a cost of Rs 210 by cash, which will a reduction of Rs 20 in its price assigned by the Union Government. The EMI cost of LED tube light will be Rs 230.
Gujarat sold 20 million LED bulbs in 42 lakh households till August 2016 under UJALA Yojna.
Varanasi saves power of 100 million units
Indian city Varanasi could save power of more than 100 million units per year by replacing its conventional lighting systems with LED bulbs.
The LED lighting subsidized scheme UJALA program was launched in Varanasi in June, 2015. Since then, about 8.97 lakh LED bulbs have been distributed, leading to an estimated energy savings of about 116.5 million units per year.
Tarun Tayal, Additional General Manager of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), said that replacement of conventional lights with LED lights have been completed at 84 ghats. About 720 high mast and mini mast lights have been replaced with warm white LED flood lights which led to remarkable load reduction—from 466 kw to 138 kw.
About 25,352 LED street lights have also been installed throughout the city. For this the city could save power consumption significantly.
Rajasthan fort gets LED lights
The world famous Sonar Fort in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, is now lighted with LED lights. The fort now glows in LED lights.
Public sector company Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) had signed an MoU with the Rajasthan government to install LED lights at many places in the city. Under this MoU, about 3,000 LED lights were installed. Besides, all 284 lights around the 12th century
Sonar Fort were replaced with LEDs. As a result, there will be decline in energy consumption by 40%.