Andhra Pradesh will be one of the first states to take up energy conservation under the DELP (Demand Side Efficient Lighting Programme) on a massive scale to meet future energy requirements. The pilot project, which will later be adopted for the entire state, has begun with Guntur district where 20 lakh LED bulbs will replace traditional incandescent bulbs in every household. By implementing this, Guntur alone will save an estimated 75 to 80 MU per annum.
The project is being implemented by the Energy Efficiency Service Limited (EESL) and is funded by PFC, PGCIL, REC and NTPC at a cost of Rs 1,000 crores.
The project in AP is being undertaken on a pilot basis in four districts including Guntur, Anantapur, West Godavari and Srikakulam.
In Guntur, where the project was started earlier this month, close to 80,000 bulbs have been distributed over the last 10 days.
Research has shown that every unit saved is equal to two units produced. AP alone has a potential to save 8,000 MU annually from domestic, agriculture, industries and street lights.
"According to the baseline survey conducted in AP, each household was using two incandescent bulbs on an average. The LED bulbs have a life span of 10 to 15 years, if used for four to five hours daily. We have also asked the manufacturer to give a back-to-back warranty to the consumers for five years on the LED bulbs. This means the manufacturer will have to replace any defective bulb within the five-year warranty period," said vice-chairman and managing director of EESL, Saurabh Kumar.
"Energy efficiency is the need of the hour as natural resources are depleting fast. Moreover, it will help in significantly reducing electricity bills of the consumers," said CEO, state energy conservation mission A. Chandra Sekhara Reddy.
Source- Deccan Herald