AAI&EESL MoU

for placement of LED lightings at airports

Thesynergyonline Aerospace Bureau

NEW DELHI, MARCH 05 : Airports Authority of India (AAI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. (EESL) to replace existing lights with energy efficient LED lights at various airports and buildings of AAI recently.

The MoU was signed by Mr Anil Kumar Sharma, Executive Director (Engg), AAI and Mr Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director, EESL in the presence of Mr Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Secretary, Ministry of Power, Dr GuruprasadMohapatra, Chairman, AAI and senior executives of AAI and EESL. ESSL is the implementing agency of UJALA (UnnatJyoti by Affordable LEDs for All),world's largest zero-subsidy domestic LED bulb programme.

The MoU entails the replacement of conventional light fixtures with LED fixtures on deemed energy savings based on Energy Service Company [ESCO] model where upfront investment is done and recouped on annuity basis during project period of five years by EESL. The entire project is estimated to cost approximately Rs. 24.41 Crores. EESL will carry out warranty replacement for a period of 05 years.

AAI has completed replacement of LED fitting for an expenditure of Rs 16 crore in Phase-I under National LED program launched by the Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi. Through this replacement drive, approximately saving of 20 million units or Rs 14 crore approximately. will be achieved. This will lead to huge energy conservation and cost savings for AAI Airports.

At the signing of MoU expressing his happiness Dr GuruprasadMohapatra, Chairman, AAI said, "Around 20 per cent of the total electricity consumption in airports goes for lighting loads. The replacement of existing lighting by LED lights by EESL, will bring huge benefits to AAI in terms of power savings, reduced energy bills.

The MoU will ensure low capital cost of LED lights as EESL is large aggregator of demand.