CFL Lighting Scheme – “Bachat Lamp Yojana”

Location: Various States in India Duration: 2010 - present Carbon Standard: United Nations Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) (PoA 3223)

Between 2010 and 2013, we worked with the Indian government’s BLY program and the Ministry of Railways to distribute over eight million compact florescent light (CFL) bulbs to poor households in India to replace their inefficient incandescent light bulbs (ICL). The result was lower electricity bills, better quality lighting, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Very poor families using incandescent bulbs (ICL) spend as much as 10% of their income on electricity in India. Through our Indian subsidiary we supplied high quality CFLs at a fraction of the retail price, which last 10-20 times longer and produce better light than ICL bulbs.

We have embarked on the design of the next generation of efficient lighting, using LEDs instead of CFLs, focused again on base-of-the pyramid consumers still unable to afford the transition from old inefficient but very cheap incandescent light bulbs. LEDs of modest quality retail in India in 2016 for 200-150 Rps per 8W bulb, while incandescent bulbs of 60W can be purchased for 10-15 Rps. Overcoming the first cost barrier is, as always, the key financing challenge to transform the provision of lighting services to the poor.

We hope to launch a new series of LED lighting projects with Indian utilities and other partners in early 2018.


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