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Thursday, January 21, 2016

EESL distributes 5 cr LED bulbs: Govt

Government has said that Energy Efficiency Services has distributed over five crore energy-efficient LED bulbs so far and this count will nearly double to 10 crore in the the next two months. Energy Efficiency Services Ltd, a joint venture of PSUs of Power Ministry, has completed distributing five crore LED bulbs under Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP) on Thursday morning, Ministry of Power said in an official statement. In a tweet, Coal and Power Minister Piyush Goyal said, "Congratulations to EESL_India for distributing five crore LED bulbs. They will nearly double this no in next 2 months." A joint venture of NTPC, Power Finance Corporation, Rural Electrification Corporation and Power Grid, EESL was set up under Ministry of Power to facilitate implementation of energy efficiency projects. "Power bills have reduced by Rs 2,500 crore through the distributed bulbs, savings will go up to Rs 45,000 crore annually #iLEDtheWay," the minister said in another tweet. In an official statement, ministry said that EESL will be able to distribute seven crore LED bulbs by next month-end and between 9-10 crore by March. "Reduced peak demand of 1,600 MW through LED bulbs. Imagine alternative of setting up four 400 MW plants and associated pollution and land needed," Goyal tweeted. "Almost 15,000 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide is not being emitted daily due to five crore LED bulbs," he tweeted. With the government's thrust on energy efficiency, around one lakh ceiling fans will be replaced with energy-efficient five-star rated fans in Andhra Pradesh, a move that would help in saving 15 million units of electricity per annum. Under the energy efficiency mission, the government's decision to switch over to LED bulbs by 2018 under the energy efficiency mission would result in savings of up to USD 6 billion per annum. EESL has taken up the project of distributing LED bulbs under its flagship initiative, the Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP). Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the DELP scheme in January last year. The target of the DELP is to replace all the 77 crore incandescent bulbs sold in India by LEDs.