By BizLED Bureau
Dec 24, 2015: Indian consumers changed 10 million traditional incandescent or CFL bulbs with energy-efficient LED bulbs in 25 days, as more states joined the Centre’s replacement scheme. The total number of replacements has gone over forty million as Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Karnataka joined the Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP). The scheme was announced on January 5, 2015. The scheme is going on in Rajasthan, Delhi, Maharashtra, UP, Andhra Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh.
Under the scheme LED bulbs are provided at a subsidized rate for replacing traditional or CFL lamps to households. The programme was launched in July and reached the 10 million LED milestone on August 9. Later, the pace of replacement grew as consumers began to see merit in the scheme.
Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of state-run power companies, is implementing the project. The total replacement has resulted into energy saving of more than 10.4 million units per day. It has also helped to avoid peak demand of 1,326 mw and Rs 50.56 million in cost savings per day, leading to significant reduction in carbon emissions.
EESL has achieved 75% reduction in the price of LED bulbs through a combination of aggressive and transparent procurement process and passing on this benefit to consumers. It also plans to bring down prices in the retail market, averaging Rs 300 at present, to ensure a sustainable market.
EESL provides free of cost replacement for all technical faults for a period of three years. The replacements shall be done through the distribution centres or designated retail stores. During the distribution, replacements can be done through any of the distribution counters that are operating within the city.
The government has projected a target of distributing sixty million LED bulbs through the DELP scheme. The Renewable Energy ministry has stopped subsidy on CFL-based solar lighting system to encourage the use of the LED version.