Himachal Pradesh launches a scheme to promote energy saving

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Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh recently launched a scheme in the state allowing distribution of LED tube lights and energy-efficient fans as part of an initiative to promote energy saving.

The LED tube lights and fans would be distributed under ‘Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and Appliances for All’ (UJALA) scheme, which is an extension of old domestic efficient lighting programme.

Previously, the government had launched a scheme to distribute subsidised CLF bulbs and LED lights, which helped in saving energy worth about Rs 200 crore.

“UJALA was an integral part of energy conservation initiative of the state government and had been very successfully adopted by the people of the state,” Singh said.

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of Public Sector Units (PSU) of Ministry of Power, Government of India will implement this programme across the state in a phased manner in collaboration with the state government and Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board Limited (HPSEBL).

Approximately, 74 lakh bulbs to 12 lakh consumers had been distributed which resulted in energy saving of approximately 150 MU per annum.

The cost per tube light would be Rs 230 along with three years free replacement warranty. The BEE five-star 50-watt fan will replace the conventional 75-watt ceiling fan. It will cost Rs 1,150, along with two-year free replacement warranty, thus saving 33% electricity.

MP and Power Minister Sujan Singh Pathania said that the programme, which was launched in Shimla, would be implemented in all the districts in a phased manner.