Andhra Pradesh to be Energy Saving Leader

TO help achieve India’s energy saving target under the government’s Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation (EE and EC)  programme, they will make Andhra Pradesh ‘an incandescent bulb free state’  by 2016.

The HANS India report that under the programme, all municipalities in the state have been directed to switch the incandescent street lighting to highly energy efficient LED lights, along with distributing LED bulbs to households across the state by the end of this year and into 2016.

Ajay Jain, Andhra Pradesh’s State Energy Secretary, said the change to LED lighting will deliver savings 500 MW of power in the domestic sector, while also cutting electric bills.  In the completed first phase they have already distributed about 35 lakh (350,000) LED bulbs to domestic customers and around 92,000 LED street lights across the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation.

HANS India adds that the Indian government is keen to transform Andhra Pradesh to the best energy efficient state in the world, with officials urging entrepreneurs to set up energy efficiency businesses in the state, issuing directives to expedite execution of all the energy efficiency programmes and maintain quality at global standards for energy efficient products.

Picture of Visakhapatnam by Nballa, reproduced under CCL.

Monday 9th March 2015

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