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J&K gets green signal for smart LED lighting under UJALA

J&K gets green signal for smart LED lighting under UJALA
Photo caption: State Administrative Council (SAC) met in Jammu under the Chairmanship of Governor, N N Vohra. Courtesy: Kashmir Life

By BizLED Bureau

Mar 30, 2016: Under the chairmanship of Indian Governor, N N Vohra, the State Administrative Council (SAC) has given green signal for implementing Unnat Jyoti by affordable LEDs for all UJALA program through Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) in the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir.

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Supporting energy efficiency

The UJALA programme which was initially known as Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP), aims to support the importance of energy efficiency all over the state.

An official spokesperson said that the prime focus of UJALA is to create awareness among the residents with regards to the varied advantages of energy efficiency.

Under this initiative, each registered domestic consumer of the state is entitled to receive 5 LED lamps (9W each) from ESSL at a reasonable rate of Rs 20 for each LED lamp. The market value of an LED lamp is around Rs 300.

Hence, a set of five LED lamps will be available for Rs 100 and the balance sum of around Rs 77 per lamp will be borne by the government in the form of subsidy.

It is estimated that around 80 lakh LED bulbs will be dispersed among 16 lakh registered consumers of the state.

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This is estimated to involve a subsidy of Rs 61.44 crore. Beside the 5 sponsored LED lamps, the customers are also entitled to buy more LED lamps according to their needs from ESSL at a price much lower as compared to other LEDs sold in the market.

Reduction in demand and saving energy consumption

The allocation of 80 lakh LED bulbs across the state will aid in reducing peak demand by about 250 MW. Also, it will help in saving energy utilization by 260 million units of electricity thus, saving about Rs 130 crore on an annual basis.

In a meeting held in February 2016 by the governor of the state, it was decided that the UJALA programme would commence from March 2016 in partnership with EESL.

Also, it was decided that EESL would carry out energy audit of government offices commencing from Civil Secretariat and apply use of energy efficient LED lighting in the entire government buildings. With this approval, the recognition of the objective of efficient use of electricity in the State has been put resolutely on target.

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