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LED scheme lowers Delhi's power bill by Rs 6.1 million daily

LED scheme lowers Delhi’s power bill by Rs 6.1 million daily

By BizLED Bureau

Dec 21, 2015: The Indian government’s program for encouraging consumers to replace compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs or incandescent lights with LED bulbs at a discount has resulted in reduction of Delhi’s peak electricity load by 145 mw and created savings of over Rs 6.1 million daily in power bill.

The campaign, called Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP), was launched on January 5, 2015. The programme was started in Delhi on June 1 and will close on December 31, 2015. Till now, 4.3 million bulbs have been distributed among about 1.1 million households in Delhi, resulting in an estimated daily energy saving of 1.5 million units.

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The scheme has a very encouraging effect on environmental also. Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), the nodal agency implementing the scheme in all the states, reports a reduction in daily greenhouse emissions equivalent to 1,259 tonne of CO2 in the capital city.

The Central government has projected a target of distributing sixty million LED bulbs through the DELP scheme. It has already distributed about 30.88 million LED bulbs. This has reduced the countrywide peak demand by 1,292 mw, saving Rs 50,000 million. The scheme is expected to save more than 11 million units of power and bring down the daily greenhouse emissions by 11,288 tonne of CO2.

The Ministry of Renewable energy has stopped subsidy on CFL-based solar lighting system to encourage the use of the LED version. Under the DELP scheme, consumers in Delhi can avail of up to 10 LED bulbs per domestic household on upfront payment. These LED bulbs are available at a discounted price of Rs 93 each, against a market price of around Rs 350.

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Each LED bulb helps a consumer save between Rs 160 to Rs 400 every year and has a life expectancy of 25,000 hours, making the cost recovery even less than a year. These LED bulbs are available at distribution kiosks spread across the city and the list of the same is available on www.delp.in.

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