According to reports, the Andhra Pradesh Government is planning to have LED street lights in all the civic bodies in the state – municipalities as well as corporations – in the next 3-5 years, and the State is also promoting LED lights for domestic use.
Saurabh Kumar, the Managing Director of the pubic sector Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), implementing the ambitious project, told reporters here on Tuesday that it would result in 50 per cent energy saving and in monetary terms it may amount to Rs. 4,000 crores in all sectors.
He was addressing the media along with Municipal Commissioner M. Janaki, APSPDCL CMD H Y Dora, State Energy Conservation Mission CEO A. Chandra Sekhar Reddy and Engineer-in-chief P. Panduranga Rao who are members of a committee formed to finalise modalities for an agreement with EESL.
He said the fixing of LED lights in Visakhapatnam would become a benchmark for the rest. He said the seven-year agreement to pay back the cost (of fixing LED lights) of Rs. 57 crore envisaged payment from the savings achieved by GVMC from power consumption and maintenance. He said the biggest advantage of LED lights is its life of 10 years.
Janaki said the committee would finalise the modalities and submit them to the government for approval. With only 25 per cent of streetlights in working condition after cyclone Hudhud, the minister suggested going in for total replacement with LED lights. So far 12,000 of the 90,000 lights have been replaced.
Dora said of the 11 lakh lights, so far 3.5 lakh were given. He said the pilot project would next be taken up in Anantapur district and later in Srikakulam and Guntur districts. Subsequently, it will be extended to all the remaining districts. It is estimated that 500 MW load would be eventually reduced, bringing down peak power purchase cost and consumer bills.
Chandra Sekhar Reddy said the State had come out of crisis of facing 22 million units shortage four months ago. The Union Government is investing Rs. 1,000 crore in power conservation in the State through EESL.