India may use only LEDs for lighting by 2019: Goyal


Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday said that India may become first country in the world to use only LED products for lighting needs by 2019.

“India will probably become the first country in the world to use 100% LEDs for its lighting needs by 2019,” Goyal, the Minister for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines Goyal said.

He was speaking at an MoU signing event held here between Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) and the three state-owned oil marketing companies (OMCs) for distribution of ‘Ujala’ energy-efficient appliances through petrol pumps.

According to Goyal, the new partnership between EESL and the three OMCs will be a major factor for making India 100% dependent on LED products for lighting.

The new partnership will allow consumers to purchase high quality 9W LED bulbs for INR 70, 20W LED tubelight for INR 220 and five-star rated ceiling fan for INR 1,200.

To date, over 25.5 Cr., LED bulbs, over 30.6 lakh LED tubelights and around 11.5 lakh energy-efficient fans have been distributed in the country under the ‘Ujala’ scheme.

As per the estimates from Ministry of Power, the scheme has led to an annual energy savings of over 3,340 Cr., kWh and cumulative cost reduction to consumers of over INR 13,346 Cr., annually.


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