Nov 15, 2016: Under Indian government’s Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) scheme, a huge number of LED bulbs have been distributed across India with the aim to conserve electricity and energy cost. And now, Jammu and Kashmir and Surat have also joined the bandwagon under UJALA.
LEDs in Jammu and Kashmir
The Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir has distributed more than 3 million LED bulbs under UJALA scheme, which was formally launched by the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on 28 August 2016.
The LED scheme will be implemented by Jammu and Kashmir Power Development Department in partnership with Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL). The scheme facilitates consumers to purchase 5 LED bulbs at Rs 20 each .In case the purchase exceeds more than five bulbs, a consumer needs to pay Rs 75 per bulb.
Around 3009379 LED bulbs have been distributed among the registered consumers in Jammu and Kashmir till November 8, 2016, according to an EESL spokesperson. The LED switchover helps to save 1070737 kWh of energy per day, thus resulting in a cost saving of Rs 4282948, added the spokesperson.
LEDs in Surat
Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) is set to install 90,000 LED streetlights across the city within the next six months. EESL will replace the traditional streetlights with LEDs, and it will also operate and maintain the new lights for a period of seven years
SMC has been able to save Rs 1450 million in capital expenditure and power worth Rs 40 million annually, according to industry sources. SMC’s electricity bill for streetlights comes to around Rs 160 million each year. LEDs will help save more than 50% in the electricity bill, said an SMC spokesperson.