Jan 12, 2017: Indian Union Minister of Power & Renewable Energy, Piyush Goyal, announced the completion of the first phase of the “world’s largest” LED streetlight replacement project.
The world’s largest street light replacement programme–Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP)–has been completed by South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) in South Delhi, through which 200,000 existing conventional streetlights have been replaced with LED lighting systems.
Second phase launched
The minister also launched the second phase of the project, and said that 75,000 more LED lights will be installed in the SDMC area. These areas will include parks, dark spots and other public places. The project is being implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture under the Indian Ministry of Power.
Goyal also launched the mobile app called EESL SL Complaint App for SDMC, through which users can lodge complaints about faulty streetlights. These complaints will be addressed within a 48 hours, the minister said. Users can also WhatsApp on the helpline numbers 7827999111/ 7827999222 or they can send their complaints to email@example.com.
The energy saving project
Speaking on the occasion, the minister said that SLNP is currently running in New Delhi, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Tripura, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan.
SLNP will save 61 million units of electricity per year, thus reducing the electricity bill by 54%.
About 1.536 million streetlights have already been replaced in India with LED bulbs, which is resulting in energy savings of 203.5 million kWh, avoiding capacity of 50.71 MW and reducing 1,68,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per annum. India’s energy efficiency market is estimated at US$ 12 billion that is estimated to save energy up to 20% of current consumption.
“Out of total 1.54 million street lights replaced with LEDs in the country, Delhi has exhibited an excellent performance by replacing 200,000 conventional streetlights with LED lights in the shortest possible time,” Goyal said. “Delhi has also crossed the target of 50% saving in the expenditure on street lighting as mandated in the SLNP launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January, 2015,” he added.