News:Government of India’s UJALA scheme and Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) of the central government has completed five successful years.
- UJALA stands for Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All.The scheme was launched in 2015.
- Aim:It aims at promoting efficient usage of energy consumption, energy savings and efficient lighting for all.
- Implementation:Electricity Distribution Company and Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a public sector body of Government of India is implementing the programme.
- As per the scheme, Electricity Distribution Company would distribute LED bulbs at subsidized rates to every grid-connected customer with a metered connection.
- Eligibility:Every domestic household having a metered connection from their respective Electricity Distribution Company is eligible to get the LED bulbs under the UJALA Scheme.
About Street Lighting National Programme(SLNP):
- Street Light National Programme(SLNP) was launched in 2015 to convert conventional street and domestic lights with energy efficient LED lights.
- Aim:It aims to replace 3.5 crore conventional street lights with energy efficient LED lights.
- This replacement is expected to result in an annual energy saving of 900 crore units and a financial saving of Rs 5,500 crore.
- Implementation:Energy Efficiency Services Limited,a Public Energy Services Company under the administration of Ministry of Power,Government of India(GoI) is the implementing agency for SLNP.
- Energy Efficiency Services Limited(EESL) is a joint venture of four National Public Sector Enterprises– NTPC Limited,Power Finance Corporation Ltd(PFC),REC and POWERGRID.It was set up under the Ministry of Power.
- It is a Super Energy Service Company(ESCO) and leads the market-related activities of the National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency(NMEEE),one of the eight national missions under the Prime Minister’s National Action Plan on Climate Change.