Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of the Ministry of Power, plans to install 160 million smart LED streetlights across the country by 2024. The EESL Streetlight National Programme (SLNP) was established primarily in municipalities/Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) across the country with the goal of replacing traditional street lights with LED lights. EESL has installed 1.2 crore LED streetlights in India since its first project in Vizag, Andhra Pradesh, in 2014, saving roughly 7.8 BU of yearly electricity and 5.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.
EESL held a stakeholder workshop to fine-tune the present technical requirements of LED streetlights to make them future-ready with individual light control, in order to enhance their technology. As per the company’s statement, India’s energy intensity has decreased by 40 per cent. EESL has also planned to rapidly expand this programme by including the most up-to-date technical criteria. In this case, efficiency improvements will help to avoid the need for additional power producing capacity.
EESL has been working rapidly in the clean energy segment. In October 2021, Tata Power Solar, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Power, received a Letter of Award (LoA) to develop 100 MW of distributed ground-mounted solar projects for EESL in Maharashtra. The total order value of the projects is Rs 5.38 billion. The projects are expected to be commissioned within 12 months.