After LED Bulbs and Energy Efficient Fans, Now Get Ready For LED Tubes. Launch likely by July

After LED Bulbs and Energy Efficient Fans, Now Get Ready For LED Tubes. Launch likely by July

After the success of LED bulbs and energy efficient fans, the government is all set to announce the launch of LED tube lights for households across the country.

The LED tube lights project is expected to be launched by the minister of state for power, coal and Renewable Energy, Piyush Goyal sometimes in July or beginning of August.

The 52 watts normal tube lights that are less energy efficient and consumer more electricity will be replaced by the 18-20 watts of LED tubes, Managing Director of Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), Saurabh Kumar told EnergyInfraPost in an exclusive chat.

“In the first phase, we are procuring about one crore LED tube lights and expect the cost to be around Rs 300-350..this will eventually come down as we go for further bulk procurement,” he added.

The government, he said, plans to target distribution of around 5 crore LED tubes on the remaining 8 months of the current financial year after the formal launch that will happen sometimes in July/August.

Many states have shown keen interest to move to LED tubes. The states include West Bengal, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and few others.

A Quick Look At Savings and Advantages of Energy Efficient Products

Normal Bulbs LED Bulbs
Costs Rs 15 for a 60 Watt Bulb Cost Rs 85 for a 7 Watt Bulb (as against market cost of Rs 250)
Electricity Bill Rs 400/yr Electricity Bill Rs 80/Yr
Life is 6 months Comes with a Guarantee of 3 years
Average utility comes to 2 bulbs (Rs 15×2=Rs 30) if used 4 hrs a day for 300 days a year Lasts for a year if used for the same duration of 4 hrs a day for 300 days
So Total Cost to a consumer per year is Rs (400 +30)=Rs 430/year So Total Cost to a consumer per year is Rs (80 +85)=Rs 165/year

NET SAVINGS=Rs 265 a year on every LED Bulb

Normal Tube Light (TL) LED Tube Light (TL)
Costs Rs 150 for a 52 Watt Tube Light Would Cost Rs 350 for a 18 Watt LED Tube Light (as against market price of Rs 700-750)
Electricity Bill Rs 390 a year if used for 5 hrs in a day for 300 days a year Electricity Bill is Rs 148 a yr if used for same duration of 5 hrs in a day for 300 days a year
Life is One TL a Yr Life is One TL a Yr
So Total Cost to a consumer per year is Rs (150 +390)=Rs 540/year So Total Cost to a consumer per year is Rs (350 +148)=Rs 498/year, which will further fall as cost of TL reduces over a period of time.

NET SAVINGS =Rs 52/Yr and will go up as cost of LED TL comes down

Normal Fan Energy Efficient Fans
Costs Rs 1200-1350 for a 80 Watt Fan Costs Rs 1250 for a 5-star rated 50 Watt Fan
Electricity Bill Rs 1000/yr if used for 10 hrs a day for 250 days a year Electricity Bill Rs 625/yr if used for 10 hrs a day for 250 days a year
So Total Cost to a consumer per year is Rs (1200 +1000)=Rs 2200/year So Total Cost to a consumer per year is Rs (1250 +625)=Rs 1875/year

NET SAVINGS =Rs 325/Yr and will go up as cost of EE Fans comes down

Alongside, during the same time around July, plans are afoot to make all government ministries and departments housed in heritage and other buildings in Lutyne’s Delhi as BEE 5-star labelled buildings with energy efficient gadgetries such as LED lights, energy efficient fans and Air conditioners.

This would include the famous North and South Block that houses the ministries of finance, Prime Minister’s Office, Defence and external affairs ministries besides 20 other large bhawans including the Shastri Bhawan (often referred to as Delhi’s corridor of power as it houses various ministries), Udyog Bhawan, UPSC and other ministries in CGO complex etc. Alongside, during the same time around July, plans are afoot to make all government ministries and departments housed in heritage and other buildings in Lutyne’s Delhi as BEE 5-star labelled buildings with energy efficient gadgetries such as LED lights, energy efficient fans and Air conditioners.

“In the first phase and over the next three months, we plan to cover 20 large buildings in New Delhi that would include all government Bhawans including the South and North Block, All Bhawans, UPSC building and others,” Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director of EESL told EnergyInfraPost.

Shram Shakti Bhawan that houses the ministry of power as also Niti Ayog the erstwhile Planning Commission have already been turned into energy efficient buildings.

“We have enetered into a MoU with the CPWD… Talks are on to include the Parliament House also under the ambit of the energy efficient scheme for government buildings,” Kumar added.

“We (EESL) are looking at a guaranteed energy savings of at least 25-30%…we are not charging anything and EESL will carry out the entire investment….We will get paid by savings and the entire cost shall be recovered over the next five years. For these entire five years, EESL will give complete maintenance support to these buildings,” he said, adding that this is in line with EESL’s moto of “Pay As You Save.”

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