India’s street lights form a crucial component of the nation’s investment on lighting and road safety. Launched in 2015, EESL’s Street Light National Programme (SNLP) has been instrumental in replacing over 1.08 crore LED street lights across India, leading to energy saving of 7.28 billion kWh per year with avoided peak demand of 1,213 MW and estimated GHG emission reduction of 5 million t CO2 per year
While LED usage addresses the need for affordable energy efficient infrastructure, the future-readiness of India’s street lights also needs to be addressed, leading EESL to adopt smart light deployment. These smart lights are connected through a web-based monitoring system that enables remote operations and additional operational savings.
To bring in mass-scale transformation, EESL has adopted a unique strategy by joining hands with states, municipal bodies and Urban Local Bodies (ULBs). Under the programme, EESL replaces the conventional street lights with LEDs at its own costs, with no upfront investment by the municipalities, thereby making their adoption even more attractive.
Over a period, EESL is repaid through the consequent reduction in energy and maintenance cost of the municipality. A seven-year contract with the local bodies guarantees a minimum energy saving of typically 50% and provides free replacements and maintenance of lights at no additional cost to the civic partners.
EESL’s business model has enabled a new paradigm that is attractive, scalable and has overcome traditional barriers. For instance, the Centralised Control and Monitoring System (CCMS) for remote operation and supervising has mitigated the lack of monitoring mechanism and warranties against technical defects.