With the implementation of the government’s Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs & Appliances for All (UJALA) programme in Arunachal Pradesh, the world’s largest non-subsidised LED bulb distribution programme is now being implemented across the country. Over 25 crore LED bulbs, more than 28 lakh LED tubelights and 10 lakh energy-efficient fans have been successfully distributed under the scheme, said power PSUs-promoted Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), the nodal agency for implementation of the programme, in a press statement.
EESL is implementing UJAJA programme in collaboration with various power distribution companies (DISCOMs) in each of the 29 states and seven union territories.
“EESL is proud that the UJALA scheme is being implemented in each and every corner of India. We take this opportunity to express our gratitude to every citizen of the country who has pledged towards leading the way towards an energy-efficient lifestyle, and contributed towards an energy-efficient nation. The UJALA scheme is being hailed by reputed international agencies like the International Energy Agency and United Nations as a viable case study for other developed and developing markets, and the 25-crore LED bulb milestone as well as the pan-India implementation of the scheme is only a testimony to the international recognition,” said the company’s managing director Saurabh Kumar in an official statement.
UJALA was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January 2015 with a target of replacing 77 crore inefficient bulbs with energy-efficient LED bulbs. “The distribution of energy-efficient appliances under the UJALA scheme has led to annual energy savings of more than 3,277 crore kWh, while resulting in avoidance of over 6,597 MW of peak demand. The estimated cumulative cost reduction in bills of consumers per year is Rs 13,100 crore and has also helped in reduction of 2.7 crore tonnes of CO2 per annum.”