Hyderabad: After scripting success in illuminating Hyderabad with LED lights in record time, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) saved Rs 85 crore on power bills in the last seven months.
The saving was from April to October and now the civic body hopes to comfortably cross the Rs 100-crore mark by March. The initiative to replace conventional street lights with LED was taken up in July 2017 at an estimated cost of Rs 217.12 crore. The huge task of replacing over 4 lakh streetlights was daunting, but it started to pay off.
While the civic body did not invest funds in the project taken up in association with Energy Efficiency Services Limited (ESSL), as per the agreement, the latter will maintain the newly installed LED street lights for seven years. “We are the first municipal corporation in the country to take up such a massive project and the efforts are paying rich dividends,” E Srinivasa Chary, Executive Engineer (Electrical) of GHMC, said.
Prior to the installation of LED streetlights, GHMC was incurring an annual expenditure of nearly Rs 210 crore, including power bills, material and labour cost. This reduced drastically. “By October, the savings crossed Rs 85 crore and by March 2019, it will be over Rs 100 crore,” Chary said.
The annual power consumption for street lights in the city, which used to be around 275 million units, reduced to 151 million units with the LED lights recording 98 per cent glow rate. This directly resulted in reduction of 55 per cent power consumption. Not just better light and cut in power bills, estimates suggest the new streetlights will also help reduce the emission of carbon dioxide by 1.54 lakh tonnes annually.