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Indian village to replace traditional streetlights with LED lamps

LED lamps to light up Indian village

By BizLED Bureau

Dec 14, 2015: Very soon LED lamps will replace incandescent bulbs in rural homes and streets of Irulanchandai village of Puducherry, a Union Territory of India. Under the LED village campaign program, the energy conservation scheme supported by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Ministry of Power (MoP), Government of India, LED bulbs are being provided as replacement of conventional lights in the village. The scheme is being implemented by Renewable Energy Agency, Puducherry (REAP) in cooperation with the UT?s electricity department. Electricity Minister T Thiagarajan inaugurated the new street lighting system.

In the first phase, 60 sodium vapour lamps (SVLs)/ Fluorescent lamps (FTLs) are being replaced with LED streetlights in the village. In the second phase, 106 SVLs/ FTLs will be replaced with LED streetlights and 1,850 LED holder type bulbs would be distributed to the One House One Bulb (OHOB) households of Irulanchandai, Kuruvinatthampet, Bahour and Pudunagar villages. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 15,98,429.

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According to REAP, the approximate energy usage before implementation of the LED streetlight project is 987 kwh/day while after implementation the estimate comes to 117 kwh/day, resulting in an energy savings of 870 kwh/day?an improvement of about 88%.

?We are focusing on the rural areas as the city has already been covered under an LED lighting scheme,? said R. Smitha, Managing Director, REAP. Last year, REAP and the Puducherry Electricity Department had run a pilot scheme on the 4.2-km stretch between Pillaichavadi and Kanagachettikulam where the streets were lit up with about 270 pairs of LED lamps. It was able to establish the scalability of the pilot scheme as well as to secure tangible evidence of the benefits of LED lamps. The next step is to provide LED streetlights across the entire city before taking the concept throughout the UT.

Photo caption : Electricity Minister T Thiagarajan launches the LED Village Campaign to phase out incandescent bulbs, at Irulanchandai village in Puducherry.

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