India’s Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for all (UJALA)

Last updated: 21 August 2023

The government of India in 2015 launched the UJALA programme to provide LED bulbs to domestic consumers, with a target to replace 770 million incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs by March 2019. As of July 2021, approximately 360 million incandescent bulbs have been replaced leading to 47 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy savings per year and 30 Mt CO2 emissions savings per year. The programme has allowed low-income households to purchase LEDs at an initial cost of USD 0.154 each and to pay off the balance through easy instalments from their electricity bills. The programme has not only helped promote the use of efficient lighting technology at affordable rates to domestic consumers but has also helped the country’s distribution companies manage peak demand due to reduced energy consumption from lighting end-users. 

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