The main objective is to promote efficient lighting, enhance awareness on using efficient equipment which reduce electricity bills and help preserve environment.
Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) was launched by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on 1 May 2015, replacing the “Bachat Lamp Yojana”. Within 1 year of its launch, 9 crore LED bulbs were sold in the country, reducing their electricity bills by ?55 billion (US$820 million).
The scheme was announced as “Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP)” on 5 January 2015, urging the people to use LED bulbs in place of incandescent bulbs, tube lights and CFL bulbs as they are more efficient, long lasting and economical in their life cycle duration.
The government’s target is to replace 77 crore incandescent bulbs in India with LEDs by 2019 leading to an expected reduction in installed load of 20,000 MW with an annual estimated savings of over 100 million kwh and an annual reduction of ?400 billion (US$5.9 billion) in electricity bills.
Eligibility of acquiring LED bulbs
Every grid-connected consumer having a metered connection from their respective Electricity Distribution Company can get the LED bulbs at about 40% of the market price under the UJALA Scheme. Consumers also have the option of paying for the LEDs in equated monthly instalments.
Documents to be submitted to get LED bulbs
Photo copy of the latest electricity bill
A copy of photo ID proof
A copy of residential proof (The address on the residential proof must match the address on the electricity bill.)
Cash advance in case of on-bill financing (balance amount recovered from the electricity bill) or full amount in case of upfront payment for each LED. In case of upfront payment, address proof is not mandatory.
Source : PIB
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