By BizLED Bureau
Nov 5, 2015: With the aim to electrify rural areas of the country, more than 800 villages across 40 districts of the Indian state Uttar Pradesh will install 76,000 solar LED street lighting systems provided by Philips Lighting. This initiative has been taken as a part of a state government scheme, which has been developed by Philips Lighting in partnership with Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency.
?This project shows what can happen when companies, people and the government work together. The importance of LED street lights in terms of safety, emissions savings and money savings is quite clear, and our group is thrilled to see our partner Philips Lighting working to improve safety and quality of life for villagers in Uttar Pradesh,? said Krishnan Pallassana, India Director, The Climate Group.
Philips Lighting have already worked on many such projects, which have shown major benefits for the local community, giving a thrust to the local trade economy and improving the quality of life. These initiatives are particularly beneficial for regions that suffers from prolonged power cuts.
The Climate Group has extensively highlighted the benefits of LED street lighting around the world and last year it began a global consultation program in partnership with Philips Lighting to address the barriers to LED scale up. The Climate Group launched a new campaign i.e., LED = Lower Emissions delivered, to encourage local governments, cities and utilities to drive full scale adoption of LED street lighting around the world by 2025.
“In India, we aim to improve the living conditions of rural communities by connecting them to our core project Bijili ? Clean Energy for All. Over the last two years Bijili has reached more than 60,000 people, and delivered affordable and reliable solar power and LEDs,” Krishnan Pallassana added.
Nearly half of India?s rural population relies on kerosene lamps as they have little or no access to grid based electricity. A change to LED lighting system would result in annual savings of 6.7 billion litres of kerosene, corresponding to around 17 million tons of CO2 avoided. This would certainly improve health and living conditions for the villagers.
Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group, says: ?As an emissions-cutting and money-saving technology, LED street lighting is the big no-brainer. Our global trials and stakeholder consultations have shown that when it comes to tackling climate change, LEDs are the lowest of the low hanging fruit and easiest to implement. With the number of street lights around the world likely to reach 350 million by 2025, local governments, utilities and financial institutions need to work as a unit to ensure that all new and existing street lights are LED or of equivalent energy efficiency by 2025.?