JAMMU: Governor N N Vohra on Saturday said a smart LED lighting programme, which will save energy, will be implemented in J&K from March next month.
Governor made these remarks while chairing a high-level meeting regarding implementation of ‘Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP)’ here wherein discussions were held with Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a public entity under the administrative control of ministry of power, government of India, and other senior officers.
Governor was informed that distribution of 80 lakh LED bulbs to about 15 lakh registered consumers in the state will help reduce the peak demand in J&K by about 250 MW and will save energy consumption by 260 m KWh translating into an annual saving of about Rs 130 cr. Likewise, the replacement of conventional street lights with LEDs will help in significantly enhancing the light output which would have a positive impact on the management of the safety and security of citizens.
Governor directed chief secretary to take necessary steps so that the DELP can be launched across the state from March 2016 in collaboration with Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a PSU under the ministry of power. The focus of this initiative should be on making the common citizen adequately aware of the benefits of energy efficiency measures. As a concrete first step, the government, through EESL, may provide up to 5 LED lamps of 9W each to every registered electricity consumer at an affordable price.
Governor directed PDD to complete all necessary formalities for obtaining the requisite approvals for financial arrangements, including signing of agreement, distribution modalities, awareness and promotion, etc with EESL by 15th March. If any consumer is desirable of procuring more than 5 LEDs, he can purchase the additional number at a cost of about Rs 100 which would be much less than the obtaining price in the open market, which may perhaps be two to two and a half times more.
It was also decided in the meeting that street lights in the municipal corporations of Jammu, Srinagar, and other municipalities across the state, would be replaced with energy efficient smart LED lights with full metering and dedicated feeders/phase wires. EESL will undertake this work on a turnkey basis, including maintenance for the next 7 years.
Governor also directed that EESL will undertake an energy audit of various government offices, starting with the civil secretariat, and implement use of energy efficient LED lighting in all government buildings across the state. It was decided that arrangements in this regard will be worked out with EESL within the next two weeks, by 15th March 2016.