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EESL to distribute 50 crore cheap LED bulbs in villages

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EESL to distribute cheap LED bulbs in villages

new Delhi. Public Sector Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. (EESL) will soon launch a new program called Grameen Ujala with the intention of taking energy efficiency to the villages and increasing the savings of people through reduction in electricity bill. Giving this information, EESL Managing Director Saurabh Kumar said that under this, three to four LED bulbs will be distributed in villages at a price of Rs 10 per family. He informed that LED bulbs will be distributed among about 15 crore rural households across the country. The scheme of EESL, a joint venture company of NTPC, PFC, REC and PowerGrid, under the Ministry of Power, will distribute about 50 crore LED bulbs. This is expected to save 12,000 MW of electricity, while carbon emissions will be reduced by 50 million tons annually.

The company has already distributed more than 36 crore LED bulbs at the rate of Rs 70 per bulb under the UJALA program but only 20 percent of these bulbs have been distributed in rural areas. Speaking to Bhasha, Kumar said, "We are going to start rural Ujala program soon. Work on its design is still in progress. Under this, three to four LED bulbs will be distributed in the village at the rate of Rs 10 per family. This scheme will be implemented in all the villages of the country in a phased manner in the next three to six months. "He said," No subsidy will be taken from the Center or the states for this program and whatever the cost will be, EESL itself Will do. We will recover the cost through carbon trading. "Kumar said," If we give three LED bulbs per family in the villages, then we will take three old bulbs instead. We will collect them, monitor how many bulbs come and how old they are. Then they will be destroyed. This all happens under the approval of the United Nations (under the Clean Development System that comes under the United Nations Draft Convention on Climate Change) and we get a carbon certificate for this. These certifications are in demand in developed countries where we will sell it and recover the cost of LED bulbs. "

Asked if the company is already running the UJALA program, he said, "We have distributed LED bulbs at the rate of Rs 70 under UJALA. But we saw that villages accounted for 20 percent of the 36 crore LED bulbs. One reason for this may be its price. 70 rupees is also higher in villages. Puducherry, Jammu and Kashmir and Andhra Pradesh sold subsidized LED bulbs at a rate of Rs. 10. Up to 95 percent of the bulbs in these states have reached the villages. In view of this, we are making this program. "Regarding the benefit of this, he said," Distribution of 50 crore high quality LED bulbs in villages across the country will reduce the maximum demand of electricity by 12,000 MW while the customers There will be an annual savings of Rs 25,000 to 30,000 crore in electricity bill. Also, carbon emissions will be reduced by 50 million tonnes per annum. ”Kumar said that this will save people money in the form of electricity bills, while promoting a sustainable and better life. Also, investment will increase due to increasing demand for LED bulbs.

In response to a question, he said, "The case of carbon trading and certifications is related to the United Nations. It takes some time. But the process is going on. We hope to get approval from there in one-and-a-half months. "Kumar said that if this program is successful, we will also provide energy-efficient tubelights and fans in the villages at a cheaper rate on this model. In addition to LED bulbs, EESL has also distributed tube lights and energy efficient wings in addition to LED bulbs. Its major programs include SLNP (Street Lighting National Program), Smart Meter, Electric Vehicle, EV Charging Infrastructure Facility, besides Ujala.

This post was published on July 19, 2020 10:08 pm

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