India Government distributes over 10 crore LED bulbs

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India Government has distributed over 10 crore LED bulbs under the UnnatJyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) scheme.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the LED program in January 2015.

“India has a vision to reduce our carbon emissions by 30-35 percent and energy efficiency is pivotal to achieving this target. We would be procuring 20 crore bulbs this year, leading to more reduction in carbon emission,” said Piyush Goyal, union minister of State for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy.

Savings under UJALA

1,298 crore kWh energy savings annually

2,600 MW peak load reduction

Rs 5,195 crore reduction in bills to consumers

1 crore tons of CO2 annual greenhouse gas emission reductions

India aims to achieve 30-35 percent reduction in carbon emissions.

State governments are voluntarily adopting this UJALA scheme and the scheme is already present in over 13 states. EESL would be starting distribution in three more states within a month.

In 2014-15, the government distributed 30 lakhs LED bulbs. The number of LED bulbs distributed in 2015-16 has crossed 15 crore, where 9 crore LED bulbs were distributed under UJALA and the remaining were contributed by the industry.

For this year, the India Government aims to distribute an additional 20 crore LED bulbs. India aims to replace 77 crore inefficient bulbs by March 2019.

Efficient domestic lighting is one of the largest contributors to energy savings and the distribution of 10 crore LED bulbs in India has led to savings of over 1,298 crore kWh annually. This number has also helped the country avoid capacity of about 2,600 MW.

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