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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

15 lakh LED bulbs to be distributed to consumers

PANJIM: Goa will be fully lit with LED lights as the Electricity Department is set to distribute 15 lakh LED bulbs to 4.89 lakh consumers in the next two months. The State will become the first in the country to have 100 percent coverage. The State will also replace 1.66 lakh street lights with LED bulbs.
The Electricity Department on Wednesday signed an agreement with Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) to launch the Union Ministry’s ambitious ‘Ujala Scheme’, providing affordable LED bulbs to its consumers in a bid to make their homes energy efficient.
Power Minister Milind Naik on Wednesday launched the implementation of DELP (Ujala) Project under which each household will be provided with three 9 Watt LED bulbs, in the next two months.
Addressing media persons, Power Secretary Kunal, IAS, said Goa will be the first State in the country with 100 percent LED coverage in next two months. “The EESL will distribute 15 lakh LED bulbs to the registered consumers at a cost of Rs 25 per bulb. The market rate of the bulb is around Rs 450,” he said.
“These bulbs are better in energy consumption and are India made,” he said.
The Secretary said usage of LED bulb will help the Electricity Department in saving up to 78.56 million units of power annually. Also it will help domestic consumers save power cost up to Rs 1100 per 1000 electricity units.
“Our efforts are to reduce energy cost of consumers, particularly of the lower income group,” Kunal said adding after the domestic consumers, EESL would also be asked to replace all the street lights with LED lights.
The UJALA scheme – being implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) – has been widely accepted across rural and urban areas of the country.

Herald Goa News

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