November 18, 2014: Uttar Pradesh, a major city in India, is planning to ban use of all kinds of incandescent lights in the state. If this is done, Uttar Pradesh will be the first state in India to ban traditional lighting sources.
The State Designated Agency (SDA) under UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) is planning to send a plan to the UP state government to ban use of conventional LED lights, which consume a lot more power than LED lights.
Uttar Pradesh to get LED streetlights
In another development, due to acute power crisis in the state and to ensure pollution free energy in the state, Uttar Pradesh government has decided to install LED streetlights across the state. The chief minister of the state has already approved the project. It was decided to install LED lights on streets, government buildings and parks.
The Central Government of India has asked all state governments to replace traditional streetlights with LED lights. India has 27.5 million streetlights, and replacing to LED lights will save more than 5,000 MW of electricity consumption over three years.
This Union government passed this order after Bureau of Energy efficiency (BEE) published a study on the streetlights in India. According to the report, more than 80% of the streetlights in India have been installed in a wrong way without considering the type and height of the light, the pole distance, among many other things. The report said that not only the street lights need to be changed but all the aspects of the streetlights have to be reconsidered.
Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) has been appointed to finance the project and install the LED streetlights in the country. Most of the states have already started changing the traditional streetlights with LED streetlights and the rest of the states will take up the project in a phased manner.
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