UJALA Scheme Current Affairs

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.

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UJALA scheme launched in Melaka, Malaysia

India’s zero-subsidy UJALA (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable Lighting for All) Scheme was launched in Melaka State of Malaysia by Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under Union Ministry of Power.

It highlights success of Indian model UJALA scheme to promote efficient lighting, using efficient equipment to reduce electricity bills and preserve environment at global level.

Key Facts

India’s Ujala scheme will be replicated in Malaysia, under which each household in Melaka state will get 10 high quality 9-watt LED bulbs, at subsidised rate almost half price offered in market. The initiative is implemented by India’s EESL with logistical assistance and facilitation support from Green Growth Asia, a non-profit organisation in Malaysia. The EESL is planning to distribute about 1 million 9W LED bulbs, replacing 18W CFLs. It will help Melaka promote efficient lighting and conserve the resources, money and environment by reducing19,000 tonnes carbon emissions per year.

UJALA Scheme

The main objective of scheme is to 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). Under it, LED Bulbs are distributed.

Its purpose is not only to help reduce electricity bills of consumers but also contribute to energy security of India. It is being implemented by EESL, a joint venture of PSUs under Union Ministry of Power. 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.

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