Himachal Pradesh CM Launched UJALA Scheme to Promote Energy Efficiency in State

In order to promote energy efficiency in Himachal Pradesh, On Wednesday, the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Virbhadra Singh launched Ujala scheme to distribute light-emitting diode (LED) tube lights and energy-efficient fans.

The CM said that Ujala or ‘Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and Appliances for All’ is an extension of the state’s domestic efficient lighting programme.

He also said UJALA was an integral part of state’s energy conservation initiative and had been successfully adopted by the people.

In a phased manner in collaboration with the state, the UJALA scheme will be implemented by the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) which is a joint venture of public sector unit of the Union Ministry of Power

In a statement, the Chief Minister said that the launch of this scheme follows our commitment to such programme in 2015-16 for distribution of LED bulbs. About 74 lakh bulbs have been distributed to the 12 lakh consumers. As a result, approximately 150 MU energy are being saved per annum.

He also said that the energy efficiency was a key thrust area of the state and emphasis had been laid on scaling up its implementation.

The Power Minister of Himachal Pradesh Sujan Singh Pathania said that the cost of a LED tube light would cost Rs 230 with three years of free replacement warranty.

Besides, a five-star rating 50-watt ceiling fan that will replace conventional 75-watt fan will cost Rs 1,150 with two years of free replacement warranty.

News Source: http://www.news18.com/news/tech/himachal-promotes-energy-efficiency-launches-ujala-scheme-1365684.html

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