With the national focus on cutting emissions taking centre-stage, the lighting industry today requires solutions that hold the promise of high efficiency and returns. India’s street lights form a crucial component of the nation’s investment on lighting, and need innovative and future-ready solutions. The answer for this lies in LED technology.
Along with being weather resistant, LED street lights are approximately 50% more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs and High-Pressure Sodium (HPS) lighting, along with being weather-resistant.
However, the market for LED lights has weathered difficulty in initial uptake because of high initial costs and low awareness of their advantages. As one of the biggest energy investments for Municipal Corporations and Urban Local Bodies, the uptake of LEDs is based on their energy efficiency and cost savings.
To initiate this transformation, EESL has joined hands with the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs), municipal bodies, and State and Central governments to implement LED street lights with future-ready technology.
Launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister on January 5, 2015, the Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) aims to replace India’s 14 million conventional street lights in India with Smart LED variants by 2019. Through a web-based monitoring system, we enable remote lighting operations and additional operational savings.
We are replacing conventional street lights with LEDs at our own costs with zero investment from ULB and municipal corporations. The consequent reduction in energy and maintenance cost of the ULBs is used to repay EESL. Our ULB contracts are typically of 7 years duration, where we not only guarantee a minimum energy saving (of typically 50%) but also provide free replacements and maintenance of lights at no additional cost.
This service model enables ULBs and municipal bodies to adopt state-of-the-art street lights with no upfront capital cost, and repayments to EESL within present levels of expenditure.
The energy savings for a specific project depends on various factors, including existing lighting technology, new lighting technology, control strategies, and charging the illumination level during retrofits. Holding true to EESL’s vision of deploying future-ready technology that boost efficiency and reduces costs, LED lamps are outfitted with a Central Control Monitoring System (CCMS), which allows remote monitoring and operation of the lights. The system sends alerts for each light that needs attention, reducing the chances of failure and sudden repair. Therefore, the avoided capacity of electricity can be ascertained from the reduced consumption of electricity. The system also helps note the exact consumption of energy, which is used to define the cost to be paid.
Till date, we have replaced over 3.5 million conventional street lights with LED lights, leading to an annual energy saving of more than 486 million kWh, and reducing over 400,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
LED street lights are proven to not only brighten up our streets but enhance safety and security of our citizens, particularly, women and children, while reducing accident rates.