The Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) program is a decisive step towards energy efficiency lighting in India. The program has gained significant momentum since the bulk procurement model was first introduced in Puducherry. By October 2017, over 260 million LEDs have been sold leading to savings of over 30 billion units (kWh) of electricity annually.
With the UJALA program poised for further growth, Shakti supported PRAYAS (Initiatives in Health, Energy, Learning and Parenthood) to assess the impact and effectiveness of the programme. The study examines the change in India’s lighting market, consumer response to the programme and other factors, and suggests ways to strengthen the scheme.