The Indian state of Andhra Pradesh (AP) is going to boost energy efficient lighting in the second phase of its Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP).
This follows the completion of phase one which distributed 56.5 lakh (5,000,000) LED bulbs (0.56).
In a scheme taken up earlier, the cost of LED bulbs were dropped from Rs. 320 (£3.24) per bulb to around Rs. 80 (£0.81) – aiming to boost the energy conservation drive by replacing incandescent bulbs with LED lights.
According to AP’s Energy Secretary Ajay Jain, several global institutions like KFW bank have agreed to provide up to Rs. 1,500 crore (£1.5bn) to Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL).
EESL is a government enterprise which aims to improve energy efficiency measures in the country.
AP is likely to be a major beneficiary of this loan as it takes up the second phase.
EESL is planning to invest around Rs. 5,000 crore (£500m) during the next five years in energy efficiency goals in the country.