Web Exclusive | February 2018
More players to be roped in to boost LED bulb sales
Over two years after it started the ‘Hosa Belaku’ scheme to distribute LED lights, the Karnataka government is now planning to rope in more partners to distribute the energy efficient lights. At present, the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), an entity under the Union government, is distributing the lights. The bulbs are said to be helping save 90% more power compared to incandescent bulbs, and 50% more than CFL bulbs. In Karnataka, over 1.89 crore LED bulbs have been sold, adding up to savings of 24,59,613 MWh power and ?984 crore per year, according to the National Ujala Dashboard. Bengaluru Urban is clearly the success story on the dashboard, with over 66 lakh bulbs having been sold, while over 20 lakh bulbs have been sold in Mysuru.P. Rajendra Cholan, Managing Director, Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom), said the intention behind setting up more partners was to reach to non-urban areas as well. “The EESL is selling the bulbs now and we are happy that the target that has been achieved. But we want to expand and are looking for other agencies to partner with us on the EESL model and terms and conditions,” he said.