Andhra Pradesh has been recognised at the national level for its efforts in implementing the LED Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP).
During a meeting of Parliament Members’ Consultative Committee for the power ministry, chaired by Union Power Minister RK Singh in Hyderabad, the EESL MD Saurabh Kumar said the State was leading other states in the country in the implementation of energy efficiency programmes.
The Union minister encourages all states to participate in energy efficiency measures and commended the EESL and the building energy efficiency programmes (BEEP) for their efforts.
The EESL has thus far distributed 2.18 million LED bulbs to about 1.16 million households.
Similarly, the EESL has retrofitted around 1.8 million LED streetlights in urban and rural areas in coordination with Energy, PR&RD and AP MAUD departments. Around 4 lakh have been retrofitted by the gram panchayats.
“Andhra Pradesh is the only State in the country which has completed 100% LED street lighting in four districts,” the EESL MD said. No other State has achieved such a unique record so far.” “Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu directly monitors led street lighting from his dashboard daily,” he added.
It is estimated that with the LED programme, 4,700 million units of energy were saved and a reduction of 3.24 MT of CO2 emissions were achieved in the country, according to the EESL.
Kumar said the EESL, for the first time, has entered into an agreement with NREDCAP and Discoms of Andhra Pradesh for the supply of 100 000 e-vehicles. Under Phase-I, the EESL would supply 10,000 e-vehicles and set up 4,000 charging stations across the State.
“We have completed the tendering and planning stages and now we are executing the e-mobility scheme in the country. However, the State has stood first in implementing the e-mobility as it has already introduced e-vehicles in various cities and introduced a policy to adopt e- vehicles,” he said.
Moreover, the EESL is undertaking energy efficiency programmes at the national level to achieve transformation through energy efficiency measures.