The Government of India, through the Energy Efficiency Services (EESL) under the Ministry of Power, would be retrofitting 10 lakh conventional streetlights with LEDs in gram panchayats of seven districts in Andhra Pradesh. This is the first project for rural LED street lighting in the country under the Government’s Street Lighting National Project (SLNP). In the first phase, the replacement will be undertaken in the districts of Guntur, Prakasam, Nellore, Kurnool, Kadapa, Anantapur and Chittoor.
This replacement drive in rural areas will help the gram panchayats to cumulatively save approximately 147 million units of electricity annually and lead to reduction of 12 crore tonnes of CO2. The entire upfront capital cost of this project is being funded by the French Development Agency – Agence Française de Développement (AFD). As part of the project, EESL would be carrying out the entire annual maintenance and warranty replacement in these gram panchayats for a period of 10 years.
Through the installation of 10 lakh LED streetlights, EESL has assured the Andhra Pradesh Government of approximately 59 per cent savings in electricity, which translates to annual monetary savings of Rs 88.2 crore.
Andhra Pradesh was the first State to seek assistance from EESL to replace conventional street lighting with LED lighting in Visakhapatnam, after the cyclone Hudhud caused extensive damage to the then existing street lighting infrastructure. Ever since then, EESL has installed over 5,90,000 LED streetlights in the State. These installations have led to an annual savings of over 7.8 crore kWh, translating into an annual reduction of over 65,000 tonnes of CO2. Nationally, over 23 lakh conventional street lights have been replaced by LED streetlights in 21 states of India.