CDM project co-benefits in Andhra Pradesh, India: Energy efficient lighting for low-income households
The Visakhapatnam OSRAM CFL project involves the distribution of approximately 700,000 long-life compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) to households in the district of Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India. In the district of Visakhapatnam CFLs are being distributed at low or no cost to grid-connected customers of the Eastern Power Distribution Company of Andhra Pradesh Ltd. Approximately 670,000 households in the area are now benefitting from this project. Each customer may exchange one incandescent bulb (either 60 W or 100 W) for one CFL (15 W or 20 W respectively) placing it where it will be most used in their household, potentially reducing electricity demand for lighting by up to 80 %. Over 3,000 women have been engaged through self-help groups to provide energy efficient lighting to low-income households.