In India, the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (ESSL) and the Punjab State Power Corporation launched an energy efficiency initiative in Ludhiana district in Punjab.The two parties launched the Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (Ujala scheme) in Ludhiana district for consumers in the region to purchase subsidised LED bulbs, lights and fans.
The Ujala scheme is an initiative launched in March by the Indian Ministry of Power with the aim to improve consumer energy efficiency through the deployment and use of energy efficient appliances.
The programme provides consumers with subsidised energy efficient appliances such as LED bulbs to help them reduce energy usage and costs under efforts to stabilise the country's grid networks.
According to the Times of India, the Punjab state government will provide the funding required to subsidise the energy efficient appliances to be distributed under the Ujala scheme in Ludhiana district.
The EESL will establish centre points through out the district to allow consumers to purchase subsidised energy efficient appliances using their ID card.
In Ludhiana, the Ujala scheme will only allow consumers to purchase 10 LED bulbs, 10 lights and 5 fans using their energy accounts and ID cards. The project is expected to help consumers save $155 in annual energy bills.
Since the launch of the Ujala scheme nationwide, some 250 million energy efficient appliances have been deployed.
Ujala scheme energy efficiency savings
In April, the EESL issued a statement that it saved up to 39,000 kWh and $2,398 in consumer energy bills during the first month of the Ujala scheme in Chandigarh city, Punjab.
According to Sarabh Kumar, managing director of EESL, the Indian government is using the programme to make Chandigarh a 100% energy efficient city.
“The people of Chandigarh have demonstrated their progressive attitude by making energy efficiency an essential part of their lifestyle,” reiterated Kumar. Read more...
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