“I urge you all to use LED bulbs, save money, save energy and take part in helping our nation.”
- Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister
On 5th January 2015, Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi launched the National Programme for Energy Efficient Appliances. This opened doors for boosting the entire market and worked in tandem with the larger aim of cutting emissions significantly.
With technology ushering future-ready solutions, India stands at a precipice where several regions still have minimal access to electricity, the demand for which is witnessing an uptick. The downside though, remains that emissions also rise simultaneously with the demand. In this market scenario, we need simple, affordable and scalable solutions that help customers save more, while cutting down energy needs and emissions. EESL was formed predominantly to address these issues of increasing the adoption for energy efficient products across public, private and residential facilities nationally
With a target to distribute 770 million LEDs by March 2019 across 100 cities, the Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) was launched in 2015 to become the largest LED distribution program in the world. The program aims to rectify India’s high cost of electrification and the increased emissions from inefficient lighting, amidst the backdrop of electricity demand witnessing a 5-fold increase over the coming years.
Under the scheme, we also distribute 20W LED tube lights and BEE 5-star rated energy efficient fans to the consumers. We are distributing 20W LED tube lights that are 50% more energy efficient than conventional 40W tube lights and are available for Rs. 220/- per tube, as against the market price of Rs. 400-600. We have also revolutionized the fan market in India by providing energy efficient fans under the UJALA scheme that come with a BEE 5 Star rating. These ceiling fans are rated 30% more energy efficient than conventional fans and are priced at Rs. 1200/- per fan.
UJALA is reducing annual household electricity bills by about 15%, saving consumers over 16 billion INR every year – equivalent to the gross domestic product (GDP) of Mumbai. Households can now use the money saved to improve their quality of life, enhancing wider economic growth and prosperity.
India’s state utilities can now tackle the relative growth of electricity demand, enabling existing capacities to meet a greater number of households and businesses and, potentially, reducing the chance of blackouts. The state governments are now interested in establishing their own energy efficiency replacement programmes to deliver these benefits to more people.