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Friday, June 17, 2016

25 LED bulbs set to propel state to ‘Ujala’

Cansaulim: Piyush Goyal, Union minister of state (IC) for power, coal and new & renewable energy, in the presence of Laxmikant Parsekar, chief minister, Goa, and Milind Naik, power minister, Goa, launched the Ujala (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for all) scheme, a nation-wide initiative, for the state on the sidelines of the fourth edition of the two-day power minister's conference at Cansaulim, South Goa, on Thursday.
Under the scheme, each household will be entitled to three LED bulbs at a subsidised rate of 25 per bulb as against the market price of 300.
The nine-watt LED bulbs have a life of over 25,000 hours and can be replaced free of cost within three years of the purchase in case of any technical fault, as per the Energy Efficiency Services Limited, a public energy service company under the administration of ministry of power which is executing the scheme across the country.
The energy efficient LED bulbs consume only one tenth of the energy used by ordinary incandescent bulbs to provide the same or better light output. LED bulbs also provide consistent brightness even in low voltage when compared to the traditional lamps, which either fade off or fluctuate.
The scheme will reach close to five lakh consumer households in the state and will help the state save 78 million kilowatts each year and about 850-1,000 per consumer on annual electricity bills.
Goyal said three years ago the centre would distribute six lakh bulbs a year. Today the equivalent number or more are being distributed each day across the country. The market price of an LED bulb has also been brought down by more than 80 percent from 310 to 54.90.
In the first stage, households will receive three bulbs and in the second stage, consumers can buy an unlimited number of bulbs at the rate of 85 each.

TOI Goa News

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