Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti launched the central government’s UJALA scheme in the state with the distribution of LED bulbs among people.
The National LED programme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January 2015. Under this scheme consumer can buy five LED bulbs at the rate of Rs 20 each by showing monthly electricity bills or ID cards.
In case of purchase of more than five bulbs, consumers need to pay Rs 95 per bulb. The scheme will be implemented in the state by Jammu and Kashmir Power Development Department in collaboration with Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL).
The main objective is to promote efficient lighting, enhance awareness on using efficient equipment which reduce electricity bills and help preserve environment.
· Overall target of number of incandescent bulbs to be replaced – 200 million
· Expected overall annual energy savings – 10.5 billion KWh
· Expected reduction of load – 5000 MW
· Expected annual cost reduction of consumer bills -Rs. 40,000 crore
· Annual estimated greenhouse gas emission reductions – 79million tonnes of CO2
The Electricity Distribution Company and Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) a public sector body of Government of India are implementing the programme.
Eligibility of acquiring LED bulbs:
Every grid-connected consumer having a metered connection from their respective Electricity Distribution Company can get the LED bulbs at about 40% of the market price under the UJALA Scheme. Consumers also have the option of paying for the LEDs in equated monthly instalments.
How the model works:
· Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) distributes LED bulbs to households at 40 % of market price
· Total upfront investment and risk coverage borne by EESL
· DISCOM pays EESL from actual energy savings over 5 years
· No subsidy required from government
· No impact on electricity tariffs