Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) operating under Ministry of Power, Government of India has launched UJALA (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable Lighting for All) Scheme in the State of Melaka, Malaysia. The Scheme was launched by Chief Minister of Melaka Datuk Seri Utama Ir. Hj. Idris Bin Hj. Haron.
Under this scheme, each household in Melaka will get 10 high quality 9-watt LED bulbs at a cost of RM 10 only, which is a special price and almost half of what is being offered in the market. The distribution of these LED bulb will take place from 28 numbers of Japerun (a unique community welfare and engagement centers) in the Melakan State. Under the extensive and ever-expanding idea of UJALA, EESL plans to distribute about 1 million 9W LED bulbs, which will replace 18W CFLs. The initiative will have the logistical assistance and facilitation support from Green Growth Asia, a non-profit organization. Through the implementation of UJALA Malaysia will bring about clean energy, contribute to climate change targets and save the already dwindling energy resources. With a fairly large switch from conventional to LED bulbs, Melaka will be able to reduce carbon emissions by around 19,000 tonnes per year.
Currently, over 25-crore LED bulbs have been distributed under the UJALA scheme in India, which are resulting in 33,828 mn kWh energy savings per year. While about 13,531 crores are being saved in energy bills of consumers per annum, about 2,74,00,887 tonnes of CO2 reduction is taking place per year.