On January 5, 2021 UnnatJyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) and Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) of Government of India marks their 6th anniversary.
Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) implements these programmes since their inception on January 5, 2015.
- Both the programmes were launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
About UnnatJyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA):
i.The scheme was initially labelled as Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP).
ii.It replaced the ‘Bachat Lamp Yojana’.
iii.Under this programme, LED bulbs, LED Tube lights and Energy efficient fans are distributed to the domestic consumers to replace the conventional and inefficient variant.
iv.It is to be noted that it is World’s largest zero-subsidy domestic LED bulb programme
To promote efficient lighting, minimise electricity bills and raise awareness about the use of efficient tools to protect the environment.
UJALA appliances can be purchased at Rs 70 per LED bulb, Rs 220 per LED tube light and Rs 1110 per Fan.
i.EESL, under UJALA has distributed more than 36.69 crore Light-Emitting Diode(LED) bulbs across India.
- As a result of this, an estimated energy of 47.65 billion kWh has been saved per year, with avoided maximum demand of 9,540 MW.
- Besides, an estimated GreenHouse Gases(GHG) emission of 38.59 million tonnes CO2 has been minimised per year.
ii.In addition to this, more than 72 lakh LED tube lights and over 23 lakh energy efficient fans were also distributed under this programme at an affordable price.
About Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP):
i.This replaces conventional street lights with LED lights.
ii.Under this programme, EESL replaces the conventional street lights with smart and energy efficient LED street lights at its own costs (without any need for municipalities to invest) across India.
iii.It is to be noted that it is world’s largest streetlight replacement programme
Aim– To promote energy efficiency in the country.
i.EESL, with SLNP installed about 1.14 crore LED streetlights across India.
ii.As a result of this, an estimated energy savings of 7.67 billion kWh has been saved per year, with avoided peak demand of 1,280 MW and
iii.Besides, an estimated GHG emission of 5.29 million tonnes CO2 has been reduced per year.
iv.Furthermore, in electricity bills of municipalities, there was an estimated annual monetary savings of INR 5,210 crore.
EESL has a plan in the SLNP portfolio for next 4-5 years to bring investment to the tune of INR 8,000 crores by 2024 by covering the entire rural India. I
It is expected that more than 30 million LED streetlights will be retrofitted/installed by EESL.
Awards Received by these Programmes:
Awards won by these Programme include, South Asia Procurement Innovation Award (SAPIA) 2017, 2019 CIO 100 award
In addition to this, it also received the Award for High Impact Program for Energy Efficiency – CII National Award for Excellence in Energy Management 2020 and award of excellence at the 10thElets knowledge exchange summit and awards 2020.
Recent Related News:
i.On June 25, 2020, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) organized an online event to mark the 5th Anniversary of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana(Urban) (PMAY-U), Smart Cities Mission (SCM) and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT).
ii.As on 9th May 2020, the total enrolment under the Atal Pension Yojana (APY) stood at 2,23,54,028 which has completed its 5 years on the same date. The scheme has been implemented comprehensively across the country covering all states and Union Territories (UTs).
About Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL):
i.EESL is a Joint Venture of four Public- Sector Undertakings(PSUs) namely, NTPC Limited, Power Finance Corporation Limited, REC Limited and POWERGRID Corporation of India Limited.
ii.It is promoted by Ministry of Power, Government of India
Headquarters– New Delhi, India
Chairman– Rajeev Sharma
Managing Director– Rajat Kumar Sud