Aiming an annual reduction in electricity bills of Indian consumers by over Rs 42,000 crore, Union power, coal and renewable energy minister, Piyush Goyal intends to provide energy efficient lighting, covering the entire country by 2019 and distribute 77 crore LED bulbs under the Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) scheme.
As of now, power ministry’s energy efficiency arm–EESL has distributed over 10 crore LED bulbs under UJALA, a move that has led to significant savings to the country and consumers who are using these bulbs.
In 2014-15, the total number of LED bulbs that were distributed was mere 30 lakhs. The number of LED bulbs distributed in 2015-16 has crossed 15 crore, where 9 crore LED bulbs were distributed under UJALA and the remaining were contributed by the industry.
|National savings under UJALA scheme:|
|Estimated Annual energy savings 1,298 crore kWh annually|
|Estimated reduction of peak load 2,600 MW|
|Estimated Annual cost reduction of bills of consumers INR 5,195 crore annually|
|Annual estimated greenhouse gas emission reductions 1 crore tonnes of CO2 annually|
For this year, the Government is confident of distributing an additional 20 crore LED bulbs. “Sustained efforts under UJALA, coupled with industry support, will help the government achieve its objective of replacing 77 crore inefficient bulbs by March 2019,” Piyush Goyal told EnergyInfraPost.com in a recent interview.
Efficient domestic lighting is one of the largest contributors to energy savings globally and the distribution of 10 crore LED bulbs in India has led to savings of over 1,298 crore kWh annually.
This number has also helped the country avoid capacity of about 2,600 MW. Most importantly, the country has benefitted from reduction of CO2 emission by over 1 crore tonnes annually.
Energy savings achieved from switching to LED bulbs is helping light up a home somewhere in the country.
LED bulbs consume half the energy as that of CFLs and one tenth as that of incandescent bulbs. UJALA is the largest non-subsidised LED programme in the world. The programme has led to significant savings to the consumers who are using these bulbs. So far, with the distribution of 10 cr bulbs under UJALA, the annual savings in consumers electricity bills is close to Rs 5,200 crore.
Madhya Pradesh is the latest state where UJALA scheme has been launched by Goyal on April 30th and said 3 Crore LED Bulbs will be Distributed in Next 6 Months.
From the earliar Rs 300 a LED bulb, the average cost of a 9 Watt LED bulb is around Rs 85 at present.
The distribution of LED bulbs in states is happening through DISCOM offices, DISCOM bill collection centres, designated EESL kiosks, Weekly haat markets, etc.
Consumers can buy these affordable LEDs by presenting any identity card. These bulbs come with a three year free replacement warranty in case of any technical defects.
Each 9W LED bulb gives the same luminosity as compared to a 100W incandescent lamp, while consuming less than one tenth of power.
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