Thanks to the massive LED bulb distribution programme UJALA ((Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All), India has been able to improve its share in the global LED lighting market to 2 per cent from a trifling 0.1 per cent in just 18 months. This was stated by Piyush Goyal, minister of state (independent charge) for power, coal and new & renewable energy. The average cost of procurement for a 9W LED bulb recorded a low of Rs.54.90 per piece, on March 31, 2016, from an average of Rs.310 per bulb around 20 months ago.

Meanwhile, Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), under the UJALA recently created a new benchmark by distributing 1 crore LED bulbs in under 13 days. Cumulatively, EESL has distributed over 9 crore LED bulbs across the nation with resulting in an estimated daily energy savings of 3.2 crore kWh. The average distribution during this period was about 8,00,000 LEDs per day, EESL said in a statement.

Statistics released by EESL indicate that the estimated annual energy savings through the UJALA scheme is around 11680 million kwh with an estimated reduction in peak load of 2,340 mw. The aggregate savings in annual electricity bills of LED bulb users is estimated at Rs.4,675 crore. The energy saved from the use of the 9 crore LED bulbs can meet the lighting requirements of 23 lakh Indian homes for a year, EESL has estimated.

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