August 13, 2017 01:36 PM

• Each consumer to get 10 LED bulbs, 10 LED tube lights and 5 energy efficient fans

Patiala (Face2News)

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) under the Ministry of Powerin collaboration with Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), launched the Unnat Jeevanby Affordable LEDs and Appliances for All (UJALA) scheme in Patiala today, a move that is estimated tosaveRs. 9,000 annually in consumer electricity bills for each household here inPunjab’s fourth largest city, Patiala.

The distribution of energy efficient appliances was inaugurated in the city of Patiala by former union minister for external affairs,Smt. Preneet Kaur.

Under the scheme, consumers can buy ten high quality 9W LED bulbs at Rs. 70/- each, five 50W BEE 5-star rated energy efficient fans at Rs. 1,200/- each and ten 20W LED Tube Lights at Rs. 220/- each. With this scheme, EESL plans to distribute 20 lakh LED bulbs, 1 lakh LED tubelights and 1 lakh energyefficient fans to approximately 5 lakh households in the Patiala.

Every household in Patiala that switches to these energy efficient appliances would have an annual savings in energy of over 2,300 kWh which translates into an estimated monetary savings of over Rs 9,000 ineach household’s electricity bill. Moreover, through the distribution, the city shall cumulatively saveapproximately 28 crore kWh annually, while also saving Rs. 110 crore monetarily. In addition to thesavings, there shall be an avoidance of 56 MW of peak demand, and an annual reduction of 2.2 lakhtonnes of CO2.

Speaking at the occasion, Smt Preneet Kaur said,“The government of Punjab is proud to partnerwith EESL in its energy efficiency initiatives such as the UJALA scheme. With the scheme beinglaunched in all major cities of the state, it shall help the state’s consumers to save energy and costs,while also benefitting the environment by reducing emission of greenhouse gases. On thecommencement of the distribution in Patiala today, I take this opportunity and urge all the citizens to come out in large numbers to make the city as well as Punjab energy efficient by availing the benefits that these appliances provide.”

 Shri A. Venu Prasad, CMD, PSPCL said, “I have tremendous hopes that magical light of UJALA will be as promising for Punjab as it has been for rest of the country. We will extend full cooperation for implementation of the scheme and help reduce the electricity consumption for national good. Energy saved through energy efficiency comes out to be cheaper than producing it, UJALA is truly an innovative scheme by the Government.”

Since the launch of the UJALA scheme in Punjab on May 24, 2017 over 1.3 lakh LED bulbs, 4,300 LED tubelights and 1,300 energy efficient fans have been distributed till date. The adoption of theseenergy efficient appliances is leading to an annual energy savings of 1.8 crore kWh, and resulting in an annual monetary saving of over Rs.7 crore to consumers’ electricity bills. Theseappliances have also helped in saving over 14,500 tonnes of CO2 per year.

Shri RajKumar Rakhra, National Programme Manager (UJALA), EESL said, “We are proud tolaunch the distribution of energy efficient appliances under UJALA scheme in Patiala. We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to PSPCL for their relentless support in ensuring that the scheme is a success in the state. We are certain that consumers shall participate wholeheartedly in the scheme to ensure that India becomes a global energy efficiency role model.”

Post the implementation of GST, the 9-Watt LED bulbs available under the UJALA scheme are pricedat Rs 70/- per unit across the country, while the 20-Watt LED tubelights and the BEE 5-star rated energy efficient fans are priced at Rs 220/- per unit and Rs 1,200/- per unit respectively. The appliances shall be available at EESL authorized distribution centres as well as PSPCL sub-divisional offices across the city, which shall be listed under the UJALA Dashboard www.ujala.gov.in. By clicking on ‘Punjab’, and subsequently on ‘Patiala’ on either the website or on the UJALA app, the consumer will be able to locate the nearest distribution centre to buy energy efficient appliances. In order to avail these appliances, consumers with metered electricity connections can visit the nearestdistribution counter and produce any government authorized photo identity proof such as Aadhaar Card/PAN Card/Driving License/Passport/Ration Card.

EESL advises all consumers not to pay anything more than the prices mentioned above for theappliances. If consumers notice or come across anyone demanding higher prices than the statedprice, they should immediately report such cases at “Register your complaint” section on UJALAdashboard www.ujala.gov.in, or on EESL social media handles - for Twitter @EESL_India and forFacebook @EESLIndia. They can also contact the All-India EESL Helpline number 1800 1803580 or email at helpline@eesl.co.in. Consumers can also register their complaints at the EESLcomplaint logging portal - http://support.eeslindia.org/.

The LED bulbs and LED tube lights provided under the UJALA scheme are of superior quality andcome with a three-year free replacement warranty, while the energy efficient fans come with a 2.5 year technical warranty. The LED bulbs have a lifetime of 25,000 hours and consume only one-tenth of the energy used by ordinary bulbs to provide better light output. Moreover, the ceiling fansunder the scheme are 30 percent more energy efficient as compared to conventional fans, whereasthe 20W LED tube lights are 50 percent more energy efficient than the conventional 40 W tubelights.

During the distribution phase, replacement of faulty bulbs, if any, can be done through any of thedistribution counters that would be operating within the state. The list of these can be found on thenational UJALA dashboard – www.ujala.gov.in

The UJALA scheme was launched by the Government of India on January 5, 2015 with a target ofreplacing 77 crore inefficient bulbs with energy efficient LED Bulbs. Currently, over 25.4 crore LEDbulbs, 30 lakh LED tube lights and 11.4 lakh energy efficient fans have already been distributedacross the country. This has led to annual energy savings of more than 33,000 million kWh, whileresulting in avoidance of over 6,666 MW of peak demand. The estimated cumulative cost reductionin bills of consumers, per year is Rs 13,230 crores and has also helped in reduction of 2.7 croretonnes of CO2 per annum.

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