Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) today signed a MoU with Urban Development Department (UDD), Government of Maharashtra for replacing all the conventional streetlights under the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) across Maharashtra with LED lamps. The MoU signing was held in presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Shri Devendra Fadnavis here.
Under EESL’s Street Lighting National Programme, approximately 20 lakh existing streetlights will be retrofitted with LED lights in all major cities of Maharashtra.
Nearly 394 ULBs under the administrative control of UDD in Maharashtra will be covered in a phased manner. The project implementation will include replacement of existing sodium vapor, mercury vapor lights with LED lights and their maintenance for a period of 7 years. Prominent cities and towns to be covered under the SLNP project are Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Kolhapur, Satara, Sangli and Nanded.
Commenting on the MoU signing, Shri Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director, EESL said, “It gives us immense pleasure to expand the Street Light National Programme in Maharashtra. The scheme will enable easy adoption to LED streetlights by the ULBs, without any upfront payment. We are confident of a 50 per cent reduction in power bills of the ULBs which are to be benefitted by this initiative in the state. We have already implemented the SLNP scheme successfully in Amaravati and the result speaks for itself.”
Under the agreement, EESL will provide a 360-degree support to the Maharashtra state government wherein the former will supply, install, commission and provide the service and maintenance of LED Street Lights including the post installation maintenance and warranty replacement.
Further, the energy savings for a specific project depends on various factors, including existing lighting technology, new lighting technology, control strategies, and charging the illumination level during retrofits. Holding true to EESL’s vision of deploying future-ready technology that boost efficiency and reduces costs, LED lamps are outfitted with a Central Control Monitoring System (CCMS), which allows remote monitoring and operation of the lights once the installation phase is over. The system sends alerts for each light that needs attention, reducing the chances of failure and sudden repair. Therefore, the avoided capacity of electricity can be ascertained from the reduced consumption of electricity.
The street lights project has been successfully completed in Amaravati where 35,922 streetlights across the city of Amaravati were replaced by LED lamps. The power consumption after replacement came down to 1,673 KW as against the previous 3,900 KW. The annual energy consumption of Amaravati reduced to 7.33 MU from 17.08 MU- saving a whopping 9.75 MU annually. Prior to the implementation of the pilot project, the annual energy bill along with maintenance stood at INR 123.34 crore, which came down to INR 42.65 crore with LED streetlights. The overall cumulative savings for the Amravati ULB for the project period of 7 years stands at INR 28.85 crore.
EESL has a stringent complaint redressal mechanism wherein consumers can lodge their complaints on EESL toll free number 1800-180-3580 or write to us on Twitter and Facebook - for Twitter @EESL_India and for Facebook @EESLIndia for registering complaints. The official EESL complaint registration email ID is firstname.lastname@example.org. Consumers can also register their complaints at the EESL complaint logging portal - http://support.eeslindia.org/.
EESL makes the entire upfront investment in installation of the LED Street Lights and no additional budget allocation from the Municipalities is required. Municipalities pay EESL from the savings in energy and maintenance cost over a 7-year period, making the LED lights affordable and accessible. EESL’s approach to intervention is based on the strategic analysis of challenges to the introduction of future ready solutions and mitigation of the hurdles, with focus on long-term development. EESL aims at creating market innovations through solutions-driven approach and novel business model of zero-subsidy, zero-capex and pay-as-you-save model. EESL also undertakes social audits in all states post completion of the SLNP project.
EESL procurements conform to BIS specification & carry a 7-year warranty against technical defects. EESL conducts appropriate quality checks right from the bidding stage to the field execution. This has resulted in the overall technical fault being less than two per cent. Till date, more than 43 lakh LED street lights have been installed by EESL in the country. EESL has maintained an uptime of 97 per cent for all street lights across the country.
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