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Hon’ble Prime Minister, on 5th January 2015 launched Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LED for All (UJALA) program. Under UJALA scheme, LED bulbs, LED Tube lights and Energy efficient fans are being provide to domestic consumers for replacement of conventional and inefficient variant
Till date, over 36.86 crore LED bulbs, 72.18 lakh LED Tube lights and 23.59 lakh Energy efficient fans distributed by EESL across India. This has resulted in estimated energy savings of 48.42 billion kWh per year with avoided peak demand of 9,789 MW, GHG emission reduction of 39.30 million t CO2 per year and estimated annual monetary savings of INR 19,334 crore in consumer electricity bills. Under Energy Efficient Fan program over 57,000 BLDC fans have been sold.
The procurement price of LED bulb has dropped significantly due to aggregation of demand from INR 310 (Jan. 2014) to INR 39.90 (August 2019) Technical specification of LED bulbs being distributed has been enhanced from 7 W to 9 W and 85 lumen / W to 100 lumen/ W respectively The program has been able to engage with common man in a significant scale and so far, more than 9 crore consumers have taken the benefit of using these LED bulbs thus making it the largest non-subsidy based LED lighting program in the world
UJALA scheme was also included in the seven schemes that were selected for the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (GSA) and Extended Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (GSA) of GoI. EESL distributed over 68 lakh LED bulbs covering over 65,000 villages across India under GSA and EGSA. The distribution of LED bulbs and awareness creation among low income households under this campaign was done through distribution counters and mobile vans in the villages.
(1) The procurement price reduced by almost 90% between 2014 and 2017; from Rs. 310 to Rs. 38.
(2) Technical specification of LED bulbs being distributed has been enhanced from 7 W to 9 W and 85 lumen/ W to 100 lumen/ W respectively.
(3) The programme has been able to engage with common man in a significant scale and so far, more than 9 crore households have taken the benefit of using these LED bulbs thus making it the largest non-subsidy based LED lighting programme in the world.
(4) EESL has embraced norms of transparency in all its operations. The procurement of LEDs is done through an open e-bidding process and the information about the programme is disseminated through a website www.ujala.gov.in which monitors the real time progress of the UJALA scheme. The site also provides information about the places where these bulbs are made available, quality control measures and results of independent verification of savings done from time to time.