Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) has announced that it will install 100,000 smart LED streetlights in areas under Kolkata and Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation areas. Outside Kolkata, it plans to supply 56,000 LED street lights to municipal bodies.
The company will make the complete upfront capital investment for this shift to LEDs and will pass on the advantage of bulk procurement to the state in a translucent manner. The state government will pay only 50 per cent of the actual cost primarily and the rest will be paid in the next 7 years on allowance basis.
Countrywide, EESL plans to touch the 10 million mark by September and is currently present in 1,500 municipal bodies in 900 cities of 22 states. The 56,000 LED lights in West Bengal will decrease carbon emissions by 8,500 metric tonnes and will save around 12.2 million units of electricity annually.
In addition, EESL is improving the benefits of affordable energy-efficient infrastructure with future-readiness, by connecting these lights to a web-based monitoring system that enables remote operations and additional operational savings.
Centralized Control and Monitoring System (CCMS) with GIS mapping for remote control and monitoring of streetlights are also being installed.
In West Bengal, of the around 750,000 streetlights, 3.5 lakh streetlights have been converted to LEDs. The Department of Urban Development & Municipal Affairs, Government of West Bengal has roped in EESL to convert the remaining streetlights with LEDs from March 2019 onwards.
Under the contract, EESL will provide full support to the state government wherein EESL will supply, install, commission and provide the service and maintenance of LED streetlights for 7 years, including the post installation maintenance and warranty replacement.
In the first phase, EESL is working with five urban local bodies, while the rest will be engaged in a phase-wise manner by EESL under the guidance of the state government.
These LED lamps are equipped with a Central Control Monitoring System which allows remote monitoring and operation of the lights. The system sends alerts for each light that needs attention, reducing the chances of failure and sudden repair
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