LED bulbs can be highly beneficial for India in terms of saving energy, saving the environment, saving money and a lot more. And our government sure knows this. These tweets show how India is taking various steps to move towards a more eco-friendly lighting solution, and how they're helping you come aboard.
LED bulbs can be highly beneficial for India in terms of saving energy, saving the environment, saving money and a lot more. And India sure knows this. These tweets show how the Indian government is taking various steps to move towards a more eco-friendly lighting solution, and how it’s helping you come aboard.
It uses 1/10th of the energy of a normal incandescent bulb, half the energy of a CFL bulb, produces the same amount of light as either of them, and lasts much longer – the Light Emitting Diode or LED bulb is slowly gaining appreciation as the most efficient source of lighting in India. And our government too is trying its best to bank on the energy saving properties of these bulbs.
In January this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a scheme for LED bulb distribution under the domestic efficient lighting programme (DELP) in Delhi. Beginning with the national capital, the aim was to take the programme for LED-based home and street lighting to the entire country.
This is an effort by the government to spread awareness about energy conservation. The plan is to distribute LED bulbs in a phased manner. Its implementation began in March 2015, and the target is to cover 100 cities with domestic and street lighting by March 2016.
The high cost of LEDs (Rs. 400 to 500) restricts buyers from purchasing these bulbs. So the idea is to overcome the first cost barrier. And for this, the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) offers up to 4 LED bulbs (with 3 years warranty) to eligible grid connected domestic consumers at an average cost of Rs. 10 each, with Rs. 10 being added to their electricity bill for the next 12 months. The Ministry of Power has set up EESL, a joint venture of NTPC Limited, Power Finance Corporation (PFC), Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) and Power Grid, to facilitate implementation of energy efficiency projects.
In June this year, Power, Coal and Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal, also said that the government is planning to save $2 billion in four years by cutting down on energy usage by 10,000 MW during peak hours by promoting LED lights.
According to the DELP official website, more than 15 million LEDs have been distributed till date.
It’s being called the #ILEDTheWay campaign. And this is what the campaign looks like till now.
30 Lakh+ people have switched to LED bulbs! Join India’s energy savings movement #ILEDTHEWAY pic.twitter.com/zXSwljSyvK
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) September 7, 2015
The number of distributed LEDs has been constantly increasing and their website shows real time updates:
Total LED distributions on National Delp Dashboard shows 1.32 cr lit up houses. #ILEDTheWay http://t.co/9lJ1aao6JX pic.twitter.com/6V4PpHh9qF — EESL India (@EESL_India) September 9, 2015
Successful implementation of this project will mean immense savings in terms of energy:
Continued efforts to provide #clean & #cheap #energy improves many lives in 5 states & 2 UT’s of India. #ILEDTheWay pic.twitter.com/lxq18HRVZx
— EESL India (@EESL_India) September 10, 2015
And reduction in Carbon dioxide emission:
Not just a #brighter country but one with a clean #atmosphere & lower CO2 emissions – an achievement by #ILEDTheWay pic.twitter.com/khxVSOn3NE — EESL India (@EESL_India) September 14, 2015
And of course the money:
#Delhi becomes the hub of #LED installation activity with more than 25lac #LED installed under #ILEDTheWay initiative pic.twitter.com/XDhD0ZUMfi
— EESL India (@EESL_India) September 17, 2015
#ILEDtheWay has successfully reduced the #domestic #bill cost of Rs 261 crore through DELP. pic.twitter.com/abvTGIysSv
— EESL India (@EESL_India) September 23, 2015
Bulbs are being provided to one and all, at very affordable rates:
#Western Railways associating with #ILEDTheWay by providing #LEDs at low cost rates to #employees. pic.twitter.com/VzXB6R23qv — EESL India (@EESL_India) September 18, 2015
Military Engineering Services making #Delhi cantonment greener and brighter. #ILEDTheWay pic.twitter.com/1mj2TZi2ML
— EESL India (@EESL_India) September 19, 2015
And this is the target for our streets:
The Street Light National Programme revolutionizes the way #street lights contribute to #economy. #ILEDTheWay. pic.twitter.com/MUxn74vSOB — EESL India (@EESL_India) September 21, 2015
As of now, LED distributions are ongoing in five states – Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan, and preparations are under way for seven more states.
Make your homes glow with LED’s.Save Energy. Contact ur nearest DISCOM centre. #EESL #ILEDTHEWAY @EESL_India pic.twitter.com/NnrUBV5L08
— Sachin Sharma (@sachinmech007) September 26, 2015