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UJALA scheme: EESL distributes over 30 crore LED bulbs across the country

State run Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) has distributed over 30 crore light emitting diode (LED) bulbs across country under zero-subsidy Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) scheme. The distribution of 30 crore LED bulbs has led to energy savings of over 38,952 million kWh, annually, amounting to energy savings of Rs. 15,581 crore.

Key Facts

The implementation of scheme has increased penetration of LED in domestic market to 10% from mere 0.4% earlier. It has also increased India’s share in global LED market to 12% from a mere 0.1%. It has increased annual LED domestic production rom 30 lakh bulbs to over 6 crore bulbs, simultaneously creating 60,000 jobs.

 Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA)  Scheme

It is zero-subsidy scheme that aims promote efficient lighting, enhance awareness on using efficient equipment which reduce electricity bills and preserve environment. It is LED based Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP). Its purpose is to help reduce electricity bills of consumers and also contribute to energy security of India.

The scheme was launched in January 2015 and is currently largest LED distribution programme in the world. It is being implemented by EESL, a joint venture of PSUs under Ministry of Power. Under it, LED Bulbs are distributed. LED bulbs have a very long life, almost 50 times more than ordinary bulbs, and 8-10 times that of CFLs, and therefore provide both energy and cost savings.

Benefits: Electricity savings, Reduction of load, Reduction of consumer bills and Greenhouse gas emission reductions. It also serves Government’s mandate of energy efficiency as key mitigation strategy.


Street Lighting National Programme: 49 lakh LED street lights installed

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has installed 49 lakh LED street lights in 28 states/UTs under the Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP). This information was given by Minister of State (IC) Power R K Singh in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.

Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP)

The Programme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January 2015. It aims to replace 1.34 crore conventional street lights with energy efficient LED lights by March, 2019.  It is being implemented by EESL. It is world’s Largest Street Light Replacement Programme. Rajasthan was the first state to adopt this scheme.


  • Reduce energy consumption in lighting which helps DISCOMs to manage peak demand
  • Mitigate climate change by implementing energy efficient LED based street lighting
  • Provide sustainable service model that obviates need for upfront capital investment as well as additional revenue expenditure to pay for procurement of LED lights.
  • Enhance municipal services at no upfront capital cost of municipalities

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL)

EESL was set up under Union Ministry of Power to facilitate implementation of energy efficiency projects. It is a joint venture of NTPC Limited, Power Finance Corporation (PFC), Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) and POWERGRID. It leads market-related actions of National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency (NMEEE). It also acts as the resource centre for capacity building of State DISCOMs.