Affordable LEDs to cut cost of power purchase by Rs 12 crore

CHANDIGARH: The central government’s Unnat Jyoti Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) scheme has evoked a positive response in this city.

Implementing the scheme, the UT Administration has set up counters at different spots, including 23 Sampark centres, to distribute sets of four 9-watt LED bulbs, two 20-watt LED tubes, and a 50-watt fan. LED or light-emitting diode bulbs are energy efficient. It has given away 2.35 lakh bulbs, 32,678 tube-lights and 11,752 fans for a subsidised price under the programme.

The LED bulbs will help save 30,630 megawatt-hours of electricity every year, while the tube light will save another 14.31 lakh kWh, besides lowering the power-purchase cost by Rs 12 crore and peak power demand by 6 MW. The tube-lights will save the electricity department Rs 48.66 lakh a year. The fans will save 4,554 kWh power and Rs 15,483 a day.

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