By BizLEd Bureau
Dec 17, 2015: The discounted LED bulb scheme for consumers in Indian capital Delhi will end on December 31. The state-run Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) said in a statement: “The discounted LED bulb scheme by EESL will end on December 31, 2015, in Delhi.” According to the EESL statement, so far more than 1.9 million households in Delhi have made their homes energy efficient by adopting LED bulbs under the Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP). EESL asked the consumers, who have not yet availed of this scheme, to do so immediately.
LED bulb scheme in Delhi ends on Dec 31
The programme was started in Delhi on June 1, 2015 under which over 4.3 million LEDs have already been distributed in a span of just over 6 months. Under the DELP scheme, consumers in Delhi can buy up to 10 LED bulbs per domestic household on upfront payment. These technically superior, energy saving LED bulbs are available at a discounted price of Rs 93 each against a market price of around Rs 350.
Each LED bulb helps consumers save anywhere between Rs 160 to Rs 400 every year and has a life expectancy of 25,000 hours. This makes the cost recovery lesser than a year. For availing this discounted LED bulb scheme, a customer needs to provide a copy of the latest electricity bill, along with a copy of ID proof. These LED bulbs are available at distribution kiosks across Delhi. The list of such distribution kiosks is available on www.delp.in.
The use of LED bulbs by these consumers in Delhi is resulting into a saving of Rs 6.1 million every day. Apart from that, these consumers have helped reduce peak load of 145 MW and reduce 1,259 tonnes of carbon dioxide daily.
DELP programme of EESL, a joint venture of PSUs of Power Ministry, through a combination of aggregation and transparent procurement, has observed a fast decline in LED bulb prices. EESL has been able to slash LED bulb prices from Rs 310 in February last year to Rs 73 in June 2015, a reduction of over 75%. Till now EESL has distributed over 20.3 million LED bulbs under the DELP scheme across the country and further aims to replace 770 million incandescent bulbs (in the residential sector) throughout the country by 2019.