Street Lighting National Programme Current Affairs
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.
Rajasthan has become the first state in India to adopt Central Government’s Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) in all its urban local bodies (ULB).
Under this programme, around 5 lakh conventional street lights were replaced with LED street lights across the state.
- The project was funded by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a Public Energy Services Company under the administration of the Union Ministry of Power.
- Through implementation of this project, 152 million units of energy savings has been achieved so far have been and cost saving of Rs. 60 lakh daily to some municipalities.
- The energy saving has resulted in reduction of 225 tonnes of CO2 per day.
The SLNP was launched in January 2015. Under the programme around 3.5 crore conventional street lights will be replaced with smart and energy efficient LED street lights by March 2019.