Andhra Pradesh SCB to switch to LED to save power
As the Telangana state battles a growing power crisis, the Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB) is planning to do its bit to save electricity. It is now initiating steps to install light-emitting diodes (LED) streetlights on the major stretches under its jurisdiction. The conventional streetlight system will be replaced, leading to better illumination as well.
"Plans are underway to ensure that major stretches in the Cantonment are lit with LED lights, which will replace the sodium vapour lights currently in use. At present, there are 10,000 sodium vapour lights in the Cantonment area and nearly 1.5 or 2 MW power is consumed every day," an SCB official said The SCB pays Rs 40 lakh as electricity bill every month and spends Rs 1 lakh per month to maintain and replace lights.
According to the plan, the LED lights will be put up on the main stretches, including Patny-Jubilee Bus Station enroute Secunderabad Club, Trimulgherry X roads Bowenpally Agricultural Market Yard, Picket, Karkhana, Marredpally and Bolarum, among others. "Our preliminary estimation says the cost of LEDs, including cables and other works, could be around Rs 8 crore. Though, installation of LEDs is expensive, we can save at least Rs 30 lakh on electricity bills per month," the official said.
The LED lights will be switched on and off automatically with the aid of a master computer. Officials are planning to install them within three months, which means the SCB will have the lights as a new year gift, the official added.