On January 5, 2015, Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) and LED Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) were launched. In five years it has created huge waves of positive impacts.
the last five years, LED streetlights installed have illuminated 3,00,000 km of roads in India. This enabled students to study happily, housewives to carry out day to day activities easily.
Under Ujwala scheme, over 36.13 crore LED bulbs have been distributed across India. This has resulted in estimated energy savings of 46.92 billion kWh per year, avoided peak demand of 9,394 MW, and an estimated GHG emission reduction of 38 million t CO2 annually.
Under the SLNP programme, over 1.03 crore smart LED streetlights have been installed till date, enabling an estimated energy savings of 6.97 billion kWh per year with an avoided peak demand of 1,161 MW and an estimated greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction of 4.80 million tCO2 annually. LED streetlights across the country are helping to generate approximately 13,000 jobs under Make in India initiative.
EESL (Energy Efficiency Services Limited), the implementing agency, has an ambitious plan in this portfolio for next 4-5 years. It intends to bring investment to the tune of ₹ 8,000 crores by 2024 to cover entire rural India. It is expected that more than 30 million LED streetlights would be retrofitted/installed by EESL.
Countries like UK and Malaysia has appreciated the scheme and planned to adopt for their respective countries.
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