Anapur, a village on the Lucknow-Allahabad highway, under the Allahabad district will be soon illuminated with new technology Light Emitting Diode (LED) lamps— more energy efficient, more environment-conscious and more durable than evenCompact Fluorouscent lamps. And so will be a few select roads in Lucknow and Kanpur.
UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) which is also the State Designated Agency (SAD) appointed to implement the electricity-saving campaigns of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), has launched pilot projects to replace normal streetlight fittings and bulbs with LED lights at select places in the state as a part of energy-saving campaign.
The Anapur village has been identified by the BEE, a branch of Union Ministry of Power, for implementing its LED village demo as well as complete project. Having already invited tenders, the SAD is now going to award the task of installing LED lamps in residential households and in streets to a company to be selected among the bidders soon. The company as a demo will install four LED lamps in streets and replace twelve 100-watt incandescent bulbs with eight-watt LED bulbs with equal amount of illumination, in four households and then as a complete project it will install 71 LED lamps in streets and 988 LED bulbs in 247 households.
Significantly, the company will also be responsible for conducting a survey on CO2 emission savings achieved in the village after the project implementation and calculation for carbon credit energy potential.
In the state capital, the Lucknow Municipal Corporation has agreed to implement the LED street light project and has given its consent for replacing all 96 streetlight fixers of 250-watt each with 70-watt LED energy-efficient lamps between the Polytechnic T Point (Faizabad Road) and the Gomti Barrage and all the 400-watt streetlight fixtures between Charbagh and Vidhan Sabha Marg with 120-watt LED lamps.
“In fact, Kanpur Municipal Corporation has also agreed to implement same project in select locations,” said Secretary (Urban Development), SP Mishra.
According to Varalika Dubey, an SAD official, a LED lamp could reduce power consumption by 50-70 pc and last for as long as 12 years. “The only drawback, however, is that its cost at present is quite high as an eight-watt bulb comes for Rs 1,000 and an 18-watt streetlight for Rs 4,000,” she explained and added, “In case of all pilot projects the cost will be borne by the BEE.”Energy Service Companies (SCOs): Dubey said that funding of energy saving campaigns including the LED project was no more a problem with many SCOs willing to give funds in advance for the purpose. “ Saving in energy cost by way of energy saving projects can be used to pay back to an ESCO several years after the implementation of the project,” said she.
*Low energy consumption—can reduce consumption by 50-70 per cent
*Long lifespan—can last for 50,000 hours
*Durable—are resistant to thermal and vibrational shocks and turn on instantly
*Safe and environment-friendly—contain no mercury and remain cool to touch*Excellent for outdoor use—do not attract insects and bugs*Available in range of colours
*Very heat-sensitive and excessive heat dramatically reduces both light output and lifespan
*Typically cats light in one direction at a narrow angle so lenses are required in fixtures to broaden the bean, if so desired.
In Uttar Pradesh, streetlights have a total power load of 500 MW. It means they consume as much electricity everyday as produced by a 500 mw powerhouse. If all the normal streetlights are replaced with LED lamps, the power consumption by streetlights will come to just half. This will be like installing a 250 mw new powerhouse, saving Rs 1250 crore that goes into installing a 250 mw plant.