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India to Retrofit up to 35 Million Street Lights with LED Technology

posted: 09/09/15
by: Discovery.com Staff
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An upcoming project to retrofit street lights with LED technology will reportedly save India $850 million in energy costs and conserve up to 10.5 billion kWh of electricity each year.

Although no official figure is available, sources estimate that India is home to between 20 and 35 million street lights. The upgrade could easily qualify as the world's largest, beating out a recent retrofit of 210,000 street lights in Los Angeles.

The Indian government will foot a $380 million bill for the upgrade, which is part of a larger initiative to encourage the use of renewable energy technology. Expected to be complete by 2019, the project will be rolled out in phases across the country.

In recent years, India has been a vanguard of renewable energy technology: the country is now home to the world's first completely solar-powered airport. By 2017, India will also be home to the world's largest solar power plant.

A recent study from Concordia University pegged India as the world's largest carbon creditor, holding 30% of the world's total carbon credits.

H/T Clean Technica

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