Pune: Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has distributed over one crore LED bulbs under the Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP). It has taken just seven months for the state to reach the milestone. The success of the programme can be directly attributed to the people of Maharashtra, who have come forward in encouraging numbers to make their homes and in turn state energy efficient.
EESL, a Public Energy Services Company under the administration of Ministry of Power, Government of India (GoI), is implementing DELP in various circles of Maharashtra such as Jalgaon, Aurangabad, Bhiwandi, Thane, Ahmednagar, Vashi, Mumbai, Kalyan, Pune Urban & Rural, Baramati, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Kolhapur, Nanded, Chandrapur, Gadchiroli, Wardha, Bhandara, Gondia, Nagpur and Amravati. The programme has led to significant savings to the consumers who are using these bulbs in the state. As of date, the savings achieved are –
Mr Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director, EESL, commented on the achievement saying “People of Maharashtra have realised the need for energy efficiency and are incorporating it as a part of their lifestyle. Maharashtra crossing the one crore milestone is an evidence of this. EESL is committed to the vision of an energy efficient India and will always ensure that the consumers can avail high quality LED bulbs at affordable prices”.
Each LED bulb, under DELP, helps a consumer save anywhere between Rs. 160 to Rs. 400 every year and has a life expectancy of 25,000 hours, thus making the cost recovery lesser than a year. EESL has been able to slash procurement prices by 75 percent and is able pass this discount benefit to the consumers. In addition, thrust is to bring down 7 watt LED price in the retail market (currently Rs. 250 – 300) so that there is sustainable market for these energy efficient LED bulbs.
LED bulbs distributed under DELP are completely safe and non-hazardous. They emit the lowest UV and IR Radiation amongst all lighting technologies. When compared to CFLs, LEDs do not have mercury and therefore, have no negative impact on environment. EESL also provides free of cost replacement for all LED bulbs, with technical faults, for three years.
To avail the scheme, the customer needs to provide a copy of latest electricity bill along with a copy of ID proof. The bulbs would be available at distribution kiosks across Maharashtra, the list of the same is available on www.delp.in. Just go to the site and click on Maharashtra to find out the kiosk nearest to you. For further information DELP helpline number for Maharashtra +91-09975441115 can be contacted.
EESL, under DELP, has distributed over 7 crore LED bulbs resulting in energy saving of more than 2.4 crore kWh every day and has helped avoid peak demand of over 2,086 MW. This has helped in reduction of over 20,250 tonnes of CO2 per day. By 2019, EESL aims to replace 77 crore incandescent bulbs (in the residential sector) throughout the country.
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