India workshop stresses business case for LED street lighting

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2 April 2015

NEW DELHI: A workshop organized last week by The Climate Group in Mumbai drew attention to the potential of light-emitting diode (LED) technology for large-scale application.

In January the Indian government launched a program to install LED lighting in 100 cities all over the country, an ambitious plan which aims to make street lighting more energy efficient and ensure safety in the streets.

One of the major cities where the program was tested is Mumbai. Speaking about the effects of LED street lighting in the marine area of the city, India’s Minister of Power and Energy Piyush Goyal underscored how Mumbai would save up to US$12 million per year if LED lights were installed in the whole city.

The Climate Group has launched several LED pilot projects around the world, supported by organizations like the British High Commission (BHC), HSBC and Philips, which prove the massive benefits deriving from large-scale application. Thanks to their tested energy efficient nature, LED lights are set to change the lighting system in India in the next few years.

Several pilot projects carried out by The Climate Group to install LED bulbs in the streets of the Indian states of Mumbai, Gujarat, Kolkata and Odisha, have proven the efficiency of this technology.

On March 25, several stakeholders had the chance to share their experiences about the implementation of LED projects in their states. Aditi Dass, India Programme Director, The Climate Group spoke about the need of increasing the capacity of the LED street lighting network: “We have been working on LED street lighting projects for about six years now. It gives us an immense sense of achievement to have carried out LED pilot projects and their performance monitoring assessments in collaboration with the Urban Local Bodies in West Bengal, Maharashtra and Odisha”.

The workshop saw huge participation from an interesting mix of panel members including Municipal authorities, LED manufacturers, electricity distribution companies, and experts in the technical sector. The outcome of the discussion has been strong acknowledgment of the financial viability of LED street lighting.

LED technology was recognized by the panel as an energy efficient and reliable system for states and cities. However, there is still some challenges – like funding the systems, and the lack of initiatives by sub-national governments.

These workshops organized by The Climate Group recognize the role of business in tackling climate disruption, and are a further demonstration of how companies can benefit from the opportunities of new technologies and bold policies.

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by Anisha Laming and Nishitha Bajaj

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