702 villages switch over to CFLs

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Chandigarh, Aug 13 (UNI) As many as 702 villages in Haryana have been made Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) villages with the installation of 6.71 Lakh CFLs by Power Utilities Department and Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA) so far.

This was stated by HAREDA Director Sumita Mishra on the concluding day of two-day Power Sector Conclave of Northern Region States held here today.

She said Haryana was the first state in the country which had decided to replace conventional lighting fixtures with energy efficient CFLs and T-5 (28 watt) tube lights in all Government buildings by January 1, 2008.

She said that 93,000 CFLs and 1.05 lakh T-5 Tube lights had been replaced in Government offices so far with an investment of Rs. 4.52 crores which resulted in annual saving of Rs 8.36 crore in the electricity bills translating into an equivalent annual saving of 3.4 MW.

She said that Power Utilities Department would provide two 20 watt CFLs free of cost to the Below Poverty Line (BPL) consumers at the time of release of new connections.

She said that the State Government had made it mandatory the use of CFLs and T-5 (28 watt) energy efficient tube lights and Light Emitting Diode (LED) lamps for all electricity consumers in Industrial, Commercial and institutional sectors having load of 30 Kilo watt or above.

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