Govt Distributed 36.69 Cr LED Bulbs, Installed 1.14 Cr Streetlights under UJALA, SLNP in 6 Yrs

These programs were launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 5, 2015, and till date both the schemes have resulting in cumulative energy savings of 55.32 billion kWh per year.

January 06, 2021. By Manu Tayal

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The Government of India has distributed 36.69 crore LED bulbs, and installed 1.14 crore LED streetlights under its zero subsidy Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) and Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) schemes which completed their 6th anniversary.

These programs were launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 5, 2015, and till date both the schemes have resulting in cumulative energy savings of 55.32 billion kWh per year.

Both the programmes are being implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), a joint venture of PSUs under the Ministry of Power, Government of India since their inception.

The UJALA scheme has resulted in estimated energy savings of 47.65 billion kWh per year with avoided peak demand of 9,540 MW and estimated GHG emission reduction of 38.59 million tonnes CO2 per year. Additionally, over 72 lakh LED tube lights and over 23 lakh energy efficient fans have also been distributed at affordable price under this programme.

The SLNP scheme has resulted in an estimated energy savings of 7.67 billion kWh per year with avoided peak demand of 1,280 MW and estimated GHG emission reduction of 5.29 million tonnes CO2 per year. Moreover, there have been an estimated annual monetary savings of Rs 5,210 crore in electricity bills of municipalities.

Commenting on the milestone, R K Singh, Power Minister, Government of India said that “both UJALA and Street Lighting National Programme have been at the heart of large scale socio-economic transformation. They have not only reduced emissions and enabled sustainable development, but have revamped household and public lighting systems, across the country. I congratulate EESL for successfully anchoring these programmes and completing 6 years of transforming the Indian power sector.”

Saurabh Kumar, Executive Vice Chairperson, EESL stated, “When we first began our UJALA and Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP), we had envisioned a cleaner, greener and brighter India. Today, as both our flagship initiatives complete their six years of excellence, I can say that we have met and surpassed our original objectives. However, much still needs to be done, and I firmly believe that these two initiatives will be transforming illumination and energy efficiency, for years to come.”

Nowadays, the domestic LED market has grown significantly beyond the UJALA programme, with the industry selling over 1.15 billion LEDs, far exceeding the UJALA programme’s target of 700 million LED units.

Going forward, EESL has an ambitious plan in the SLNP portfolio for next 4-5 years where it intends to bring investment to the tune of Rs 8,000 crore by 2024 by covering entire rural India. It is expected that over 30 million LED streetlights would be retrofitted/installed by EESL.

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