The Climate Group driving Indian state policy changes to scale-up LEDs
- 21 December 2011
NEW DELHI: After the substantial success of LED street light pilots in some of India’s biggest cities, The Climate Group is now working on a pioneering project towards impacting policy level changes for the wider scale-up of energy efficient LED lighting in two Indian states, Orissa and West Bengal.
For the last year The Climate Group has been working on accelerating adoption of LED street lighting in Indian cities including Kolkata, Haldia and Thane through pilot LED street lighting projects. However, there must be favorable policy environments for the large-scale adoption of the pilots' LED technology, and currently no such policies are in place.
The West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) has taken the initial steps needed to integrate the low carbon, energy efficient technologies into policy mechanism, but The Climate Group will work to unlock the enormous opportunity for street lights to be adopted on a wider scale.
The British High Commission under the Prosperity Fund India Programme is supporting The Climate Group in its initiative towards enabling Indian states to formulate the necessary policies for large scale LED street light adoption, and will be initially focusing on the two states of West Bengal and Orissa.
The project, which began in November 2011, is expected to map out technical and financial frameworks for at least two large-scale LED street light projects in the two identified states, drawing from international best practices.
Outlining the details of the project, Aditi Dass, Director of Technologies India, The Climate Group said: “This exciting and challenging project - through its action and advocacy oriented activities - will aim towards formulation of a Steering Committee to provide overall direction to the project, and two state-level committees for Orissa and West Bengal.” Adding further Aditi Dass said: “Apart from the preparation of a White Paper on LED street light technology and ways to accelerate its deployment, the project will also aim at facilitating inclusion of LED street lighting projects as urban infrastructure development for ULBs in the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).”