On 5 January, 2015, the government launched Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) to replace conventional street lights with smart and energy efficient LED street lights by March, 2019.
This programme is being implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture company of Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) under the Ministry of Power.
SLNP is based on a sustainable business model where the cost of efficient lighting is repaid by Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) from savings in energy and maintenance expenditure over a period of time through savings in electricity bill. Under this programme, the entire upfront investment is made by EESL. EESL procures LED street lights through a transparent and competitive bidding process by aggregating the demand for the same across the country.
The bulk procurement of LED lights through a transparent and competitive bidding process enables EESL to install LED lights in ULBs at lower rates compared to retail market.
For effective implementation of SLNP as well as for expediting the implementation, as the programme is voluntary in nature, the following steps have been taken by EESL or the Government: