Malaysia to replicate Modi Govt’s flagship UJALA scheme

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A yet another massive feat of energy efficiency was achieved by the Government of India through initiation of the UJALA scheme in Malaysian State of Melaka. Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) had endeavored to create the replica of UJALA Scheme in Melaka. In due course of time, the successful Indian model of UJALA scheme has become a sought-after example for the different nations of the world and will now be implemented in Melaka to extend programme benefits to people of the region.

Under this scheme, each household in Melaka will get 10 high-quality 9-W (watt) LED bulbs at a cost of only RM10 (Rs 150), which is a special price and is almost half of what in begin offered in the market. The distribution of these LED bulb will take place from 28 numbers of Japerun in the region. These Japerun are a unique community welfare and engagement centers, which are situated across the Melakan State.

Under the extensive and ever-expanding idea of UJALA, EESL plans to distribute about 1 million 9W LED bulbs, which will replace 18W CFLs. The initiative will have the logistical assistance and facilitation support from Green Growth Asia, which is a not-for-profit organization. The price of each bulb will be way lesser than global average price of the LED bulbs, which still swings between around $3-5. Notably, each bulb that is being provided by EESL under the UJALA scheme in Melaka comes with a three-year free replacement warranty against any technical defects. These bulbs sent from India will be of leading brands and manufacturers like Osram, Philips along with other companies of repute. This programme will further improve the quality of life of the people residing in the region. With an aim to reduce the annual household electricity bills by about RM 10.22 million every year, households will be able to make significant monetary savings in their electricity bills.

UJALA’s impact in Malaysia will bring about clean energy, contribute to climate change targets and save the already dwindling energy resources. With a fairly large switch to LED bulbs, Melaka will be able to reduce carbon emissions by around 19,000 tonne per year.

An innovative zero-subsidy model, this scheme will help reduce the subsidy burdens of the State Government. The concept of energy efficiency has strongly overcome many bottlenecks and this adoption by a Malaysian State is yet another achievement towards furthering the idea of energy efficiency to conserve the resources, money and environment.

Currently, over 25-crore LED bulbs have been distributed under the UJALA scheme in India, which are resulting in 33,828 million kWh of energy savings per year. While about Rs 13,531 crore are being saved in energy bills of consumers per annum, about 2,74,00,887 tonnes of CO2 reduction is taking place per year. Social surveying in India had strongly indicated a public contentment with the scheme and people openly expressed their happiness after witnessing reduction in their electricity bills.