Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LED for All (UJALA) scheme was launched on 5th January, 2015 to provide LED bulbs to domestic consumers with a target to replace 77 crore incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs by March, 2019. No States/UTs wise targets have been set.
The present cost of one LED bulb, LED Tube light and Energy Efficient fan under UJALA scheme is Rs. 70, Rs. 290 and Rs. 1,110 respectively.
As on 3rd December 2019, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has distributed 36.09 crore LED bulbs, 71.60 lakhs LED tube lights and 23.10 lakhs energy efficient fans.
EESL has launched a pilot programme in July 2019 with a target of providing 50,000 super-efficient air conditioners to customers through demand aggregation.
As on 1st August, 2017, EESL has distributed 25.28 crore LED bulbs throughout the country. This has resulted in estimated energy savings of more than 32.84 billion kWh per year with avoided peak demand of 6575 MW and GHG emission reduction of 26.60 Million tonnes CO2 per year.
EESL’s procurements conform to BIS specification IS 16102 (Part 2): 2012 for performance requirements of self-ballast lamps. Further, these bulbs carry a 3 year free replacement warranty against technical defects. There are stringent quality checks to ensure the quality of LED bulbs.
Under the UJALA Scheme, EESL aggregates the demand and procures LED bulbs through competitive bidding process to get the lowest price compared to retail market. The consumers, having metered connection, can acquire LED bulbs from designated distribution centres set up at various locations across the Country.