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India lights future with efficient lamps.

India seeks to replace 400 million inefficient, incandescent light bulbs with energy-saving compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) bulbs at a considerably reduced price to the consumer--and at the same time expects to avoid the emission of 40 million tons of carbon dioxide.

The Bachat Lamp Yojana (BLY) project ("Savings Program through Lamps") promises to lower the price of CFLs to 15 rupees (about US$0.33) each, instead of the current market price of 100 rupees. "Almost half the households in India will immediately benefit from the scheme, and as other areas get electrified, those villages will get added on," said Ajay Mathur, director general of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency.

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The project, which the United Nations approved on April 29, taps a unique public-private partnership linking the government of India, private-sector CFL suppliers, and state-level electricity distribution companies. Under the scheme, 60-watt and 100-watt incandescent lamps will be replaced with 11-to 15-watt and 20-or 25-watt CFLs, respectively.

In 2008, 734 million incandescent lamps were sold in India, whereas CFL sales were only 199 million. The combined penetration share of incandescent lamps for lighting in the commercial and residential sectors was nearly 80 percent.

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Title Annotation:Bachat Lamp Yojana project or Savings Program through Lamps
Author:Singh, Damandeep
Publication:World Watch
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:9INDI
Date:Jul 1, 2010
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