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Indian state Jharkhand dispenses 30,000 LED bulbs daily

Indian state Jharkhand dispenses 30,000 LED bulbs daily

By BizLED Bureau

Mar 15, 2016: Almost 30,000 LED bulbs are being distributed daily by Jharkhand Bijli Vitaran Nigam Limited (JBVNL) in association with Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL). The process of LED bulbs distribution has been active for past four months.

The current conversion rate stands at one LED bulb being replaced at every 3-second span. The figures are healthy and so far 36, 71,366 LED bulbs have been distributed in urban households at 4000% subsidy.

The 9W bulbs are being given to bonafide electricity consumers at Rs 10, available at a market price of Rs 400 per piece. These bulbs have been priced at Rs 100 by Union government under its Domestic Lighting Efficiency Programme (DLEP), launched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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JBVNL is working in consultation with the state energy department brought down the price for LED bulbs. State governments and their power distribution agencies are expected to promote the sale of LED bulbs to ensure power saving and efficient lighting.

In an exclusive offer, JBVNL gave consumers, having metered connections, an option of getting 10 bulbs after paying Rs 10 for each one of them. The balance amount (Rs 95 a bulb) will be recovered in the monthly instalment of Rs 10 billed along with monthly electricity consumption bill. One the nine instalments are being paid, consumers will pay Rs 5 as the last instalment.

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The scheme is intended to encourage the economically backward classes for replacement of conventional bulbs. As a result, close to 3.7 million LED bulbs have been distributed within four months, after the scheme was rolled out in Jharkhand on November 15, 2015.

A senior executive at JBVNL praised the scheme due to immense response. “Many consumers can afford LED bulbs at Rs 100 per piece without opting for the instalment facility. But the EMI payment option pushed the idea in all sections,” he further added.

The Central government is planning to reduce domestic consumption by 50% with reduced carbon levels as well. The government is planning to take the scheme to villages of the state and LED bulbs would be distributed to consumers with unmetered connections as well.

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