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UJALA & Street Lighting National Programme Completed Five Successful years of Illuminating India

News:Government of India’s UJALA scheme and Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) of the central government has completed five successful years.

Facts:

About UJALA:

  • UJALA stands for Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All.The scheme was launched in 2015.
  • Aim:It aims at promoting efficient usage of energy consumption, energy savings and efficient lighting for all.
  • Implementation:Electricity Distribution Company and Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a public sector body of Government of India is implementing the programme.
  • As per the scheme, Electricity Distribution Company would distribute LED bulbs at subsidized rates to every grid-connected customer with a metered connection.
  • Eligibility:Every domestic household having a metered connection from their respective Electricity Distribution Company is eligible to get the LED bulbs under the UJALA Scheme.

About Street Lighting National Programme(SLNP):

  • Street Light National Programme(SLNP) was launched in 2015 to convert conventional street and domestic lights with energy efficient LED lights.
  • Aim:It aims to replace 3.5 crore conventional street lights with energy efficient LED lights. 
  • This replacement is expected to result in an annual energy saving of 900 crore units and a financial saving of Rs 5,500 crore.
  • Implementation:Energy Efficiency Services Limited,a Public Energy Services Company under the administration of Ministry of Power,Government of India(GoI) is the implementing agency for SLNP.

Additional information:

About EESL:

  • Energy Efficiency Services Limited(EESL) is a joint venture of four National Public Sector Enterprises– NTPC Limited,Power Finance Corporation Ltd(PFC),REC and POWERGRID.It was set up under the Ministry of Power.
  • It is a Super Energy Service Company(ESCO) and leads the market-related activities of the National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency(NMEEE),one of the eight national missions under the Prime Minister’s National Action Plan on Climate Change.
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