Distribution of affordable LED bulbs for households and streetlights have crossed 15 core across India and the state of Gujarat alone has distributed over 2 crore LED bulbs, thereby becoming the first state of the country to have distributed not just the largest number of these energy efficient bulbs but also for having done it in a record time of just 96 days.
What is the significance of 2 crore LED bulbs?
The distribution of 2 crore LED bulbs has led to an annual energy savings of 259 crore kWh which is equivalent to lighting up 5 lakh Indian homes for an entire year. Alongside the savings in units, the state has also benefitted from daily CO2 emission reduction of 5,000 tonnes.The programme has also helped the state to avoid 520MW of peak demand.
The Consumers Corner:
In Gujarat, 9W LED bulbs are being distributed under the UJALA scheme. These energy efficient bulbs come with a free 3 year replacement warranty for any technical defect.
To avail the bulbs, consumers have an option of paying upfront amount of Rs. 70 per bulb or they can choose an EMI option. Consumers choosing to pay through EMI will have to pay Rs. 75 in total, where an amount of nearly Rs. 20 per LED bulb will be added to their bi-monthly electricity bill for a period of 4 bill cycles.
Consumers stand to save nearly Rs. 336 every year on their electricity bills per LED bulb, making the LED bulbs free to the user in just 3 months. The state government aims to distribute 12 crore LED bulbs across the state. This would lead to energy savings of nearly 650 Crore kWh and cost savings of about Rs. 2,500 crore.
The list of other distribution centres can be viewed on www.ujala.gov.in. For any queries or information regarding UJALA, consumers can also call on the Gujarat helpline 0265- 2343678. During the distribution period, replacements can be done through any of the distribution counters that are operating within the city.
“Under the Government of India’s UnnatJyoti by Affordable LEDs for all (UJALA)scheme, Gujarat has become the first state to distribute 2 crore LED bulbs….Gujarat has reached this milestone in just 96 days andover 42 lakh households have already benefitted from the scheme,” according to an official statement.
“Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under the administration of Ministry of Power, Government of India, is distributing approximately 2 lakh bulbs daily in Gujarat which is again a record in itself,” it added.
“There is competition between states to outdo each other in terms of LED distribution. Gujarat, in less than 100 days is now leading in terms of LED distribution across the nation. I congratulate the entire team for implementing the LED Bulb programme. I am confident that every household in Gujarat will adopt LEDs and save on electricity bills. The state will save a lot of energy and will also lead the way in helping protect the environment,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said during his speech in Jamnagar.
Under UJALA, over 15 crore LED bulbs have already been distributed across India. This is leading to annual energy savings of 1948 crore kWh and resulting in avoidance of 3,900 MW of peak demand. Through the programme the estimated cumulative cost reduction of bills of consumers, annually is Rs 7990 crores.
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