The Narendra Modi government’s programme to get consumers to replace less efficient CFL or incandescent lights with LED bulbs at a discount has reduced Delhi’s peak load by 145MW and creating savings of over Rs 61 lakh daily in power bill.
The PM had announced the campaign, called Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP), on January 5. It was rolled out on June 1 in Delhi and will close on De cember 31. Since its launch, 43 lakh bulbs have been distributed among nearly 11 lakh households in the capital, resulting in an estimated daily energy saving of 1.5 million units.
The scheme is also yielding environmental dividend. Energy Efficiency Services Limited, the nodal agency implementing the scheme in the participating states, reckons a reduction in daily greenhouse emissions equivalent to 1,259 tonne of CO2 in Delhi.
Power minister Piyush Goyal has projected a target of distributing six crore LED bulbs through the DELP scheme. The government has already distributed about 3.88 crore LED bulbs. This has reduced the countrywide peak demand by 1,292mw, saving Rs 5,000 crore. The scheme is also estimated to save more than 11 million units of power and brought down daily greenhouse emissions by 11,288 tonne of CO2.
In a related development, the renewable energy ministry has stopped subsidy on CFL-based solar lighting system to encourage the use of the LED version.
Under the DELP scheme, consumers in Delhi can avail of up to 10 LED bulbs per domestic household on upfront payment. These technically superior LEDs are available at a discounted price of Rs 93 each, against a market price of around Rs 350.
Each LED bulb helps a consumer save anywhere between Rs 160 to Rs 400 per year and has a life expectancy of 25,000.
The bulbs are available at kiosks across Delhi and the list of the same is available on http:www.delp.in. To avail the scheme, the customer needs to provide a copy of the latest power bill as well as a copy of any ID proof.
Source: Times of India 18 Dec’2015