India’s zero-subsidy UJALA programme has paved the way for a brighter future and has now travelled to Malaysia. Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under Ministry of Power, Government of India has launched UJALA (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable Lighting for All) Scheme in the State of Melaka, Malaysia. The scheme has seen successful implementation in the UK. With a fairly large switch to LED bulbs, Melaka will also be able to reduce carbon emissions by around 19,000 tonnes per year.
- Under the scheme, each household in Melaka will get 10 high-quality 9-watt LED bulbs at a cost of only RM 10 (10 Malaysian Ringgit), which is a special price and is almost half of what is being offered in the market.
- The EESL plans to distribute about 1 million 9W LED bulbs, replacing 18W CFLs in Melaka.
- The initiative will have the logistical assistance and facilitation support from Green Growth Asia, a non-profit organisation in Malaysia.
- The price of each bulb will be way lesser than the global average price of LED bulbs, which still swings between 3-5 USD.
The main objective of the scheme is to promote efficient lighting, enhance awareness on using efficient equipment which reduces electricity bills and helps preserve the environment.
The scheme is being implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of PSUs under the Union Ministry of Power. The scheme will not only help reduce consumers their electricity bills but also contribute to the energy security of India.