Energy Efficiency Services Limited(EESL), a government enterprise under the Ministry of Power, has become the world’s largest street light management company, illuminating 50,000 KM of Indian roads with installation of 30 lakh LED street lights across the country. .
The installation was done under the Government of India’s Street Lighting National programme (SLNP), where EESL retrofitted 30 lakh conventional street lights with LED lights.
The initiative reportedly claims to save 39 crore kWh of annual energy and helped in reduction of 3.29 lakh tonnes of CO2 annually.
Under SLNP, Rajasthan is leading the country with an installation of 7.85 lakh LED street lights followed by Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat with 6.03 lakhs and 5.4 lakhs respectively.
At present, EESL is retrofitting 15,000 conventional lights with LED street lights every day.
The project is on the verge of completion in states like Himachal Pradesh, Tripura and Gujarat. EESL is also implementing a special heritage lighting project in Kashi region of Uttar Pradesh where 4,000 lights are being installed.
The programme has recently commenced in the cities of Chandigarh and Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Further, the procurement price of the LED Street Lights has been reduced from Rs. 135/watt to Rs. 80/watt due to mass procurement of the lights.
EESL makes the entire upfront investment in installation of the Street Lights and no additional budget allocation from the Municipalities is required. Municipalities pay EESL from the savings in energy and maintenance cost over a 7-year period, making the LED lights affordable and accessible. EESL also undertakes social audits in ULBs where the project is under implementation and post the completion of the project.
"Few of the social audit results gave a clear indication that the overall satisfaction level and the perception of safety among the citizens is extremely high from the newly installed LED street lights," the company said in a release.
Further, EESL has also installed Centralised Control and Monitoring System (CCMS) to enable remote operation and monitoring of the street lights.
The CCMS provides real time information on energy consumption and remote monitoring of the street lights.