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LED lamps light Irulanchandai village

LED lighting goes rural: Electricity Minister T. Thiagarajan launches the LED Village Campaign to phase out incandescent bulbs, at Irulanchandai village in Puducherry; (left) A stretch on the ECR where LED street lighting has been tested successfully. —Photos: Special Arrangement and T.Singaravelou

LED lighting goes rural: Electricity Minister T. Thiagarajan launches the LED Village Campaign to phase out incandescent bulbs, at Irulanchandai village in Puducherry; (left) A stretch on the ECR where LED street lighting has been tested successfully. —Photos: Special Arrangement and T.Singaravelou

Soon, energy-efficient LED lamps will replace incandescent bulbs in rural homes and streets in the region.

As part of the LED Village Campaign Program, the energy conservation scheme supported by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Ministry of Power (MoP), Government of India, LED bulbs are being provided as replacement of conventional lights in Irulanchandai village.

The scheme is being implemented by Renewable Energy Agency, Puducherry (REAP) in cooperation with the Electricity Department, Puducherry.

Electricity Minister T. Thiagarajan switched on the new street lighting system in the village on Friday.

The objective of the scheme is to replace the existing incandescent bulbs in the One House One Bulb (OHOB) households with LED lights and the existing high power consuming street lights with LED versions in villages.

In the first phase, 60 high power consuming sodium vapour lamp (SVL)/ Fluorescent lamp (FTL) are being replaced with energy efficient LED street lights in this village. This involves replacing 56 conventional bulbs with 22 W LED lights and installing four 120 W street lights in place of the existing lights.

In the second phase, 106 high power consuming sodium vapour lamp (SVL)/ Fluorescent lamp (FTL) will be replaced with LED street lights and 1,850 LED holder type bulbs would be distributed to the One House One Bulb (OHOB) households of Irulanchandai, Kuruvinatthampet, Bahour and Pudunagar villages.

The project is being implemented at an estimated cost of Rs.15,98,429.

According to REAP, the approximate energy usage before implementation of the LED project is 987 kwh/day. The estimated energy usage after implementation of project is 117 kwh/day, resulting in an energy savings of 870 kwh/day, or about 88 per cent improvement.

“We are focusing on the rural areas as the city has already been covered under an LED lighting scheme,” said R. Smitha, Managing Director, REAP.

Under a Power Ministry-driven Demand Side Management-based Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP), the Union Territory had launched a scheme for providing LED replacements for three CFL bulbs for domestic consumers, who constitute 75 per cent of the 4.16 lakh electricity users.

The DELP rollout, with the support of theEnergy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), targeted domestic users, each of whom were provided three LED lights as replacement for incandescent bulbs on production of the latest electricity bill.

According to the National DELP dashboard maintained by the Ministry of Power, the total LEDs distributed in Puducherry as of date was 6,09,251. The Lumens Per Watt (LPW) of LEDs, or the amount of light produced for each watt of electricity consumed, was far superior to legacy lighting equipment. For instance, while an ordinary tube light consumed 100 watt electricity, an LED consumed only 45 watt and radiated brighter light.

Last year, REAP and the Puducherry Electricity Department had run a pilot scheme on the 4.2-km stretch between Pillaichavadi and Kanagachettikulam where the streets were lit up with about 270 pairs of LED.

The project had been able to establish the scalability of the pilot scheme as well as to secure tangible evidence of the benefits of LED lamps .

The next step is to provide LED street lights across the entire city before taking the concept throughout the UT.


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