SHINE - A Case Study

SHINE - A Case Study

Project Shine is a Subsidized LED bulbs distribution program in exchange for Incandescent Lamps (ICL) bulbs that is mainly based on CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) as a small step to our goal of carbon mitigation that is registered under UNFCCC as a Clean Development Mechanism Program of Activity (CDM PoA). This program is implemented by SEWA in collaboration with C-Quest Capital LLC, USA. The LEDs distributed under the scheme follows the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) mandated technical specifications i.e. IS 16102:2012 for self-ballasted LEDs or that of equivalent international standard and comes with a 3 years replacement warranty.




The main goal of the project is to reduce fossil-fuel-based electricity consumption in the lighting usage of India’s residential and commercial sector by introducing more energy-efficient LED lamps/tubes to replace incandescent lightbulbs and fluorescent lamps. It will not only reduce the carbon emission from the environment while we aimed to replace the Incandescent Light bulbs (ICL’s) with cleaner LED bulbs, and the Grid-connected domestic consumers will also get a great relief from high energy bills and frequent load shadings as LED bulbs can save large amount of energy in a more efficient way.



This program has been executed particularly in Assam i.e. in the districts of Jorhat, Majuli, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Sonitpur and Nagaon where we (SEWA) are working as an Independent Service Provider of C-Quest Capital LED Asia Ltd.


Outcome of the Project Shine

As we all know ICL bulb consumes 80 percent more electricity than LED lamp, but given their low price and ease of availability, they are used extensively in rural and semi-urban areas. The replacement of ICLs with LEDs under this programme will contribute to economic sustainability by reducing the pressure on the Indian power system. On one hand, this will result in surplus electricity being supplied to other consumers and on the other, the financial resources which were to be spent on infrastructure investments for production, transmission and distribution to satisfy the given level of demand would be available for use to drive economic development. Thermal power plants accounted for an overwhelming 70% of the total generation capacity of electricity in the country in 2016. The introduction of energy-efficient LED technology will reduce the GHGs released in the atmosphere by the thermal power plants in course of electricity generation. In addition to reduced GHG emissions, the program will also result in reduced waste generation as LEDs last 25-50 times longer than the ICLs and do not contain toxic mercury as is the case with compact fluorescent lamp. A total of 700000 LED Bulb were distributed in aforesaid districts of Assam with seven (7) months. For implementation of this project requires a large number of Man-power, and local Youths in large number who were left jobless by the current Covid-19 Pandemic will also be employed and trained for the successful running of the project and what makes SEWA more enthusiastic about this activity. Currently, more than 100 youths are employed under this program and exercising their financial freedom.