Oil marketing companies’ (OMCs) 55,000 petrol pumps across the country will sell LED tube-lights and energy efficient fans in addition to LED lamps following the signing of pacts with Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) on Wednesday.
As part of the pact, EESL will provide the entire upfront investment for ensuring availability of the products at the outlets and no upfront capital cost will be borne by OMCs barring manpower and space, EESL said in a statement.
“Both UJALA & Ujjwala are clean energy movements aimed at making lives of poor easier. The MoU between EESL and OMCs is a partnership for the smart people who want to save electricity,” Power, coal, renewable energy and mines minister Piyush Goyal said at the signing ceremony.
Exuding a sense of pride, Goyal also said India will be the first country in the world to shift completely to LEDs for its lighting needs by 2019.
“The consumer can purchase high quality 9 Watt LED bulbs for Rs 70, 20 Watt LED tube light for Rs 220 and five-star rated ceiling fans for Rs 1,200,” EESL said. The power ministry aims to use the vast network of the three-public sector OMCs of over 54,500 petrol Retail Outlets (ROs) throughout India.
Under the Ujala scheme, over 25.5 crore LED bulbs, over 0.36 crore LED tube-lights and about 0.115 crore energy efficient fans have so far been distributed in the country, which has led to annual energy savings of over 33,400 million units of power and avoided peak demand of 6,725 MW, the statement added.
According to EESL, the scheme will lead to annual cost savings of Rs 13,346 crore in bills of consumers besides reduction of about 27 million tonne of emissions.
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