There had been a saving of 190 MW of power during peak demand for electricity recorded every day due to use of LED bulbs across the State, officials here informed.
The information was provided in a review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Raman Singh to know the progress of implementation of ‘Rashtriya Ujala Yojana’ and distribution of LED bulbs to the various households in the State.
During the meeting, it was informed that the State is saving Rs 379 crore due to less consumption of power on account of use of LED bulbs by consumers.
It was also informed in the meeting that about 72.90 lakh LED bulbs had already been distributed in the State so far.
A total of 661 street lights have been replaced with LED lights under Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) in Chhattisgarh as on February 2016, the Central Government had informed.
A total of 1,639,265 street bulbs have been replaced with LED Lights throughout the country under SLNP during the aforesaid period.
Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had launched the Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) on January 5, 2015 to attain significant savings by promoting LED based lighting. The scheme is being implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture company of four Public Sector Undertakings under the Ministry of Power. There is no element of Government of India subsidy in the scheme.
EESL has evolved a service model to enable municipalities to replace conventional lights with LEDs at no upfront cost. The resultant reduction in Energy and maintenance cost of the municipality is used to repay EESL over a period of time. The target is to install 3.5 crore LED street.
Notably, the energy efficiency market in India is estimated at US$ 12 billion that can potentially result in energy savings of up to 20 per cent of current consumption, by way of innovative business and implementation models.
Under the SLNP, SDMC area alone accounts for over 2 lakh street light replacements.
The cumulative annual energy savings in SDMC through this programme is 2.65 crore kWh which has helped to avoid capacity addition of 6.6 MW, resulting in a daily reduction of 22,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases.
In the SDMC Project, EESL is addressing complaints from various sources viz, registered from BSES helpline, night patrolling team by EESL, mobile vans, e-mails, social media and other sources including Ward Councilors. Additionally, EESL is putting stringent complaint redressal mechanism and Centralized Control and Monitoring System (CCMS) to enable remote operation and monitoring of the street lights.
CCMS provides real time information on energy consumption and remote monitoring of the street lights.
It may be mentioned here that the State Government had been distributing three LED lamps free of cost to those who fall under the BPL category. The Above Poverty Line ration card-holders can buy LED lamps on EMI also.
A consumer can save up to Rs 160 per annum on each LED bulb. The officers said that 09 watt LED bulb gives an illumination of 100 watt. It is estimated that there will be a saving of Rs 300 crore per annum with this scheme.