India has kick-started a programme to install energy-efficient LED bulbs for domestic and street lighting in 100 cities by Mar. 2016. An official report said that Indian Prime Minister launched the scheme in New Delhi, where his first act was installing LED bulbs in the Indian government's building.
According to a pilot project run by The Climate Group, which tested the lights in 10 cities around the world, LEDs helped reduce costs, enhance public safety, minimize light pollution, and make public spaces more welcoming at night. LED bulbs can cut CO2 emissions by 50%~70%, and when combined with smart controls, can reduce energy use by up to 80%.
India's investment in clean energy technologies increased to US$7.9 billion in 2014 and is expected to move past US$10 billion in 2015, as the government looks to provide uninterrupted power to the whole population. Currently, nearly 40% of India remains unconnected to the grid.
The move came in the same week as Indian Prime Minister agreed several joint clean energy initiatives with U.S. President, including bilateral efforts to generate investments in renewable energy, build smarter cities, and curb urban air pollution. The 2 leaders also agreed to work together to ensure a successful outcome at this year's Paris climate summit, where countries hope to agree an international emissions reduction treaty.