EESL’s subsidiary Convergence Energy Services Ltd. (CESL) has resumed distribution of ‘LED’ bulbs as part of its Gram Ujala Scheme in villages of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. As part of the program, the company will distribute 7-watt and 12-watt led bulbs with 3-years warranty to villages for submitting each incandescent bulb in working condition at an affordable price of Rs. 10/- per bulb.
The program launched in March this year and has helped in saving more than Rs. 17 crore per year along with 5,06,35,066.68 kWh energy per year. “So far, CESL has distributed 2,52,069 LED bulbs in Arrah and Buxar districts of Bihar, whereas in UP, nearly 1,08,470 LED bulbs have been sold in Varanasi, Prayagraj, Kaushambi, Pratapgarh and Bhadohi areas.”
“Any consumer from a rural household with a valid electricity connection from ‘DISCOM’ can avail LED bulbs under the initiative. Operations under the programme had begun before the pandemic-induced restrictions were imposed in the country in April. Now, with the unlock in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, distribution and awareness building about ‘Gram Ujala’ has restarted.”
The company uses carbon credits to offset the cost of these LED bulbs. “One consumer can exchange a maximum of 5 bulbs under this initiative. These bulbs consume 88 percent less electricity as compared to their incandescent counterparts. They contribute significantly to reducing carbon emissions, energy savings and monetary savings.”
In addition, the company added that these lights come with a three-year free replacement warranty and better shelf life. “Switching to these affordable LED lights can help in saving up to 13 units per bulb per month.”