Sep 14, 2016: The Indian state of Karnataka has made a record by crossing the 10 million mark in the distribution of LED bulbs under the UJALA (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All) scheme, leading to an energy saving of Rs 17.5 million per day.
Energy and cost savings
Under the UJALA scheme,Karnataka has saved energy worth Rs 4.394 million day. This energy is capable of lighting more than 0.3 million homes per year. Karnataka has also benefitted from every day CO2 emission reduction of 3,560 tonnes.
Karnataka was the fastest Indian state to distribute 5 million LED bulbs under the UJALA, according to Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a public energy service company under the Central government of India. While a consumer having 3kw and above load will get 10 LED bulbs, customers with less than that load will get five.
Of the entire sale of 12.3 million LED bulbs, Bengaluru, the capital city, stands first in the state, with 4 million sold there. This is followed by Mysuru with 1.374 million Mangaluru with 1.334 million. Even Udupi, which joined the scheme late, has seen 0.26 million LED bulbs being sold to consumers. Uttara Kannada has distributed 66,437 LED bulbs.
Under the UJALA scheme, 155.2 million LED bulbs have been distributed across India so far. This has led to energy saving of more than 55 million kWh per day, resulting in cost saving of Rs 220.9 million per day. The daily CO2 reduction is 44,737 tonnes.