Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) has distributed 25.28 crore LED bulbs and the private sector has also sold 41.44 crore LED bulbs up to domestic consumers throughout the country as at the end of this June, against Government’s target to replace 77 crore incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs by the end of March 2019, Union power minister Piyush Goyal informed parliament on Thursday.
He said that EESL has helped in energy savings of more than 32.84 units per year with avoided peak demand of 6,575 MW and greenhouse emission reduction of 26.60 million tonne per year. In addition, there are savings due to sale of LED bulbs by the private sector, Goyal added.
Goyal stated that EESL’s procurements conform to BIS specification for performance requirements of self-ballast lamps. Further, these bulbs carry a 3-year free replacement warranty against technical defects. There are stringent quality checks to ensure the quality of LED bulbs.
He clarified that no specific complaints about overcharging and lack of interest by distributing agencies under UJALA scheme have been received. EESL has deployed field monitoring staff to take care of such issues, Goyal assured.
The minister also informed that under the UJALA Scheme, EESL aggregates the demand and procures LED bulbs through competitive bidding process to get the lowest price compared to retail market. Consumers who have metered connection can acquire LED bulbs from designated distribution centres set up at various locations across the country. LED bulbs are being distributed on upfront payment basis and on-bill finance scheme in 36 states and UTs across India under UJALA scheme, he informed.