Hon’ble Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi described the LED bulb as “Prakash Path” – “way to light”. A simple act of change of one light bulb to LED at South Block Prime Minister’s office heralded a movement in the entire country for considering the same change. The initiative is part of the Government of India’s efforts to spread the message of energy efficiency in the country. UJALA scheme aims to promote efficient use of energy at the residential level; enhance the awareness of consumers about the efficacy of using energy efficient appliances and aggregating demand to reduce the high initial costs thus facilitating higher uptake of LED lights by residential users. It may be noted that the scheme was initially labelled DELP (Domestic Efficient Lighting Program) and was re-launched as UJALA.

EESL is a publicly owned energy services company with the mission of delivering energy efficiency across India. It was established in 2010 and is under the administrative control of the Ministry of Power as part of the National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency of Power. It is a joint venture of four major government-owned companies: Power Grid, NTPC, Rural Electrification Corporation Limited and the Power Finance Corporation Limited.

After you have dug the trench to the proper level, the cable can now be installed. It is usually a good idea to run the cable through PVC conduit instead of just throwing it in the ditch. Once the wire is in the trench, you need to have it inspected. To conform to the electrical codes, you will have to have your job inspected at three different intervals. They will come and make sure that you have the ditch to the proper depth and make sure that the cable is laid in correctly.

The EESL’s Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA, meaning Light in Hindi), is the world’s largest lighting replacement programme. By 2019, UJALA aims to replace 770 million old wasteful lamps with modern, efficient and longer lasting LED lamps, without the need for any government subsidies.

To date more than 100 million LED bulbs have been delivered across the country, completely transforming the way people look at LED bulbs and energy efficiency.