India’s Street Light National Program (SNLP)
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India’s Street Light National Program (SNLP)

India’s contribution and Initiative to address Climate Change by smart lights deployment.

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India’s Street Light National Program (SNLP) - Background Context

  • Street lighting is an important and necessary ingredient in the national development and investment in lighting and road safety.
  • The program SLNP initiated and launched in the year 2015, intended to replace over 50,00,000 (Fifty lakh only) street lights in 500 cities (from all states) in India.
  • The replacement of This light will save over 135 crore kWh of potential direct saving of valuable electricity and the cost of 742 crores per year (i.e. ₹7420000000) associated with it.
  • The EESL to adopt the smart lighting installation, these smart lights will be connected and controlled through an internet-based monitoring station for remote operations of the street lights and potential additional savings.
  • The make this massive smart lights transformation the EESL has an association with state govt., municipal corporations, and local bodies in urban cities.
  • Under this scheme, the EESL will replace the traditional Tungsten-Vacuum Bulbs with new LED with their own investment and no financial assistance from municipal and urban bodies.
  • EESL perhaps has less maintenance cost to the local municipal bodies and reduction of energy consumption. A seven years agreement, with these local bodies, guarantees the saving of more than 50% and provides replacement of faulty lights and maintenance at no additional cost.
  • The EESL business model seems more scalable, adaptive to the Indian environment, obstacle-free for lights replacement, and more welcoming from a deployment perspective.
  • EESLs business model has enabled a new paradigm that is attractive, and scalable and has overcome barriers preventing the replacement of street lights. The gap in the Centralised Monitoring System for Lighting system has been addressed by the smart light solution and has a Centralised Control Monitoring System (CCMS).
  • Eventually, the objective of SLNP is to replace around 1.5 crores (₹15000000) of street lights in Indian streets and illuminate the streets with controllable Smart Lights.
  • This project will impact the direct saving of revenue and valuable energy generated (saving of 500MW) and saving 190 crore kWh (i.e. 1900000000 kWh) and last but not least minimizing CO2 by 15 lakh tons (15,00,000 tons), now that’s a lot of carbon.

Highlights of the SLNP

  • The aim is to replace a total of 3.5 crore street lights with LED lights by March 2019.
  • SLNP implementation and deployment in 28 states and union territories.
  • Administrative Agency: Energy Efficient Services Limited (EESL), a public company (Ministry of Power, Government of India)
  • EESL as force and deployment agency for SLNP.
  • EESL is responsible for states audits, after the completion of the work.

Primary Objectives

  • India’s contribution and Initiative to address Climate Change by smart lights deployment.
  • Minimize the electricity consumption by street lighting and centralizing its operations.
  • Put forward the sustainable framework of business model, service model forecloses better utilization of cost associated with the SLNP and procurement of the LED lights.
  • Provide a framework for services enhancement of Municipal and local bodies at no additional cost.

Quick Note about EESL

Energy Efficiency Services Limited is in association with National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), Power Finance Corporation, and Powergrid. This initiative was established by the Ministry of Power, Government of India to carry out the deployment of energy-efficient projects throughout the country.