Jan 31, 2017: India is currently selling 600,000 LED bulbs every day, and has already distributed over 200 million LED bulbs under the flagship UJALA scheme. The program aims to save Rs 100,000 million that will accrue annually in electricity bills of the consumers.
“India is a world leader in LED consumption, and we are selling 600,000 LED bulbs a day, confirmed Indian Union Minister of State for Power Piyush Goyal. “UJALA is a milestone in India’s journey towards clean and affordable power,” the minister tweeted.
The cost of each LED bulbs under the government’s UJALA scheme is now Rs 38 for a 9 watt lamp, which is one-tenth of its price two years ago.
The UJALA scheme is being implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL). The scheme has brought down the price of LED bulbs by almost three times. It has been successful in convincing consumers to shift to LED lights.
According to power ministry officials, by 2020, all incandescent bulbs will be replaced by LED bulbs that consume much less power.
India’s success story on LED consumption has been followed by other developing countries including the US. EESL is partnering with many countries and organisations across the world, and sharing its success story of saving millions on electricity bills of consumers.
Under UJALA, the government aims to replace 770 million conventional bulbs and CFLs as well as 35 million streetlights with LEDs over three years to save 85 lakh kWh electricity consumption every day.