7 years of UJALA Scheme
On January 5, 2022, Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) scheme completed 7 years.
Achievements of the scheme
- UJALA scheme has evolved as the world’s largest zero-subsidy domestic lighting programme, which addresses concerns such as high electrification cost and high emissions resulting from inefficient lighting.
- Scheme has resulted in significant benefits, through its innovative approach.
- Under the scheme, more than 36 crore 70 lakh LEDs have been distributed so far across India. It has resulted in saving of around 47 thousand Million Kilowatt-hour per annum energy. It has also avoided 9 thousand 565 megawatts peak demand.
- Scheme has also contributed to substantial reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and has reduced household electricity bills.
Domestic Manufacturing of LED bulbs
Under the UJALA scheme, retail price of LED bulbs has decreased significantly. Domestic manufacturing of LED bulbs under the scheme has increased from 1 lakh per month to 4 crore per month.
About Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA)
UJALA Scheme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 5, 2015. It is spearheaded by Energy Efficiency Services Limited. This scheme is considered as world’s largest, in non-subsidized LED lamp distribution projects. Government of India also expanded the LED distribution scheme to United Kingdom in May 2017. The Scheme was established by replacing Bachat Lamp Yojana. It is a joint initiative of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) under Power Ministry and Electricity Distribution Company. EESL has reduced the prices of LED bulbs by 75%.
How is LED bulb described by the Prime Minister?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi describe LED as “Prakash Path – way to light”.
Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL)
EESL is the implementing organisation of Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP) or the UJALA scheme. EESL is a joint venture of state-run power companies.