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Energy Efficient Lighting Initiatives Launched
Jun 15, 2015

In a major initiative aimed at promoting energy efficiency in the city of Varanasi, Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP) and LED-Based Smart Street Light programmes has been launched. 

Key Points

  • Central and State Government in association with Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a public sector entity under Ministry of Power, will distribute about 13 lakh LED bulbs to 2,28,496 Domestic Consumers, and replace 36,077 conventional street lights with energy efficient LEDs in Varanasi. 

  • With energy-efficient LED lights, demand of electricity in Varanasi will be down by 45 MW and lead to savings of Rs. 68 crore.

  • EESL will replace the estimated 36,077 conventional street lights with energy efficient and smart LED lights across the city at its own cost.

  • EESL in cooperation with Purvanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Limited (PUVVNL) will also implement Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme across the city.

  • Launch of these initiatives heralds the government’s pledge to cut down energy usage by 10,000 MW during peak hours by promoting LED lights across the nation. 

  • The innovative business model of conversion of conventional streetlights with energy efficient LED street lights has the potential of replication as it obviates the need for any capital investment by Municipal bodies. 

  • This will also lead to substantial savings in energy during peak hours while at the same time enhancing the service quality of the lights.

  • There will be considerable savings on the street lights as well as in the domestic sector in due course. This should help ensure 24x7 electricity supply to every household. 

  • Over the course of 5-7 years, municipalities will use part of the savings in energy and maintenance cost to repay EESL. 

  • Provided with free replacements and maintenance of lights at no additional cost, municipalities can affordably install state-of-the-art long-lasting and energy efficient street lights at no upfront capital cost.

  • This will enable the municipalities to obtain state-of-the-art and energy efficient LED street lights without any upfront cost or any additional future expenditure, and with 5 to 7 years of maintenance.

Energy Efficiency is a key thrust area of the Central and State Government and emphasis has been laid on scaling up its implementation. On national level all incandescent bulbs will be changed to LED in three years.


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