The National LED programme was launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister on January 2015 with a target of replacing 77 crore incandescent lamps with LED bulbs. The scheme was rebranded as UJALA (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All) to promote efficient use of energy at the residential level. The Total LEDs distributed as on 25 APR 2019 are around Rs 35 crore.
The scheme is implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture company of Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) under the Ministry of Power.
Every domestic household having a metered connection from their respective Electricity Distribution Company is eligible to get the LED bulbs under the UJALA Scheme. The consumer can purchase the LED on EMI payment (monthly/bimonthly installments in electricity bill) or on upfront payment by paying the full amount. The consumer needs to carry the following documents to get the UJALA LED bulb:
- For EMI – Copy of latest electricity bill and copy of Government authorized ID proof
- For Upfront – Copy of Government authorized ID proof.
Price of LED
UJALA appliances can be purchased at Rs 70 per LED bulb, Rs 220 per LED tubelight and Rs 1110 per Fan. The price of appliances consist of component such as price of bulb, distribution, awareness cost, which is discovered through competitive bidding, Annual Maintenance Cost (AMC), cost of capital and administrative costs.
UJALA scheme launched in Malaysia
Taking cue from successful model of UJALA in India, the Energy Efficiency Services Limited ( EESL) has launched UJALA (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable Lighting for All) Scheme in the State of Melaka, Malaysia.
Under this scheme, each household in Melaka will get 10 high quality 9-watt LED bulbs at a cost of only RM 10, which is a special price and is almost half of what in begin offered in the market. The distribution of these LED bulb will take place from 28 numbers of Japerun in the region
- Over 36.69 crore LED bulbs distributed across India.
- There has been estimated energy savings of 47.65 billion kWh per year with avoided peak demand of 9,540 MW and estimated GHG emission reduction of 38.59 million tonnes CO2 per year.
- Additionally, over 72 lakh LED tube lights and over 23 lakh energy-efficient fans have also been distributed at affordable price under the UJALA programme.
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