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Bachat Lamp Yojana (BLY) – a scheme by BEE to promote energy efficient lighting

By on April 26, 2018

We all know that CFLs are great electricity savers and as compared to Incandescent bulbs they consume lot less energy and give out the same amount of light. But as compared to incandescent, CFLs are costly. The cost deters a lot of people from buying energy efficient CFL. To tackle this problem, BEE has launched a scheme called Bachat Lamp Yojna (BLY) to distribute quality long life CFLs in exchange of an incandescent lamp at Rs 15 to residential consumers. With this article we will try to explain the BLY program and how that can be availed.

Motive behind the scheme

Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has launched this scheme as part of their CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) program implementation. The successful implementation of the scheme will result in reducing green house gases (or CO2) from power plants connected to the grid.

How is the scheme implemented?

Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has selected some suppliers (also knows as investors in CDM) who will supply CFLs at cheaper cost in replacement of incandescent lamps. The suppliers in return with get saleable certified emission reduction credits. The electricity distribution companies (also known as DISCOMs) will partner with any of these selected suppliers to provide CFLs at discounted price to its consumers.

How can consumers participate in the scheme?

Participation in this scheme is completely voluntary. As part of the scheme, a 60-watt incandescent can be replaced with a 11-15W CFL and a 100 watt bulb with 18-23W CFL. Maximum 4 bulbs can be replaced per household.  The CFLs provided would be high quality CFLs and the old incandescent (in working condition) will have to be returned to the supplier. This scheme is not applicable for tubelights or incandescent bulbs of any other wattage.

Distribution Companies (DISCOMs) that have initiated BLY

Following distribution companies in India have initiated BLY projects in their areas:

  1. Tata-DDL (NDPL) in Delhi
  2. Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) through Energy Management Center – Kerala
  3. Tamil Nadu State Electricity Board
  4. Eastern Power Distribution Corporation of Andhra Pradesh
  5. Jaipur Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Limited
  6. Punjab State Electricity Board
  7. Bangalore Electricity Supply Company
  8. Upper Assam Power Distribution Company
  9. Lower Assam Power Distribution Company
  10. Uttaranchal Power Distribution Company
  11. Dakshin Haryana Vidyut Vitaran Nigam
  12. Chattisgarh State Electricity Board
  13. MP Poorv Kshetra Power Distribution Company

For more details on the scheme please contact your distribution company.

About the Author:
Abhishek Jain is an Alumnus of IIT Bombay with almost 10 years of experience in corporate before starting Bijli Bachao in 2012. His passion for solving problems moved him towards Energy Sector and he is keen to learn about customer behavior towards Energy and find ways to influence the same towards Sustainability. .