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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.

Objectives

  • 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.

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INSPIRE 2017: International Symposium to Promote Innovation & Research in Energy Efficiency

The first edition of International Symposium to Promote Innovation & Research in Energy Efficiency (INSPIRE 2017) was held in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

The five-day symposium was organized by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) in partnership with World Bank and Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE).

Key Facts

INSPIRE 2017 is international conference that aimed to bring together various stakeholders such as policy makers, innovators, financiers, influencers to showcase best practices in sector. Its objective was to provide common platform for energy efficiency community to discuss energy efficiency policies, emerging technologies, market transformation strategies, delivery and business-model driven transformations.

It also intended to create platform for deliberations and sharing of best practices around energy efficiency policy solutions, high-impact research, innovative financing and implementation that are driving large scale market transformations in India and across the globe.

Several global organizations like Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), World Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC), International Energy Agency (IEA), International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC), Clean Energy Ministerial, Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency participated in it.

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