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India to install energy-efficient LED lights in 100 cities

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) is championing a plan to install LED bulbs in homes and street lamps in 100 cities across India by March 2016. (Narendra Modi photo)

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s latest bright idea for improving cities is a simple as changing a light bulb. Denise Puca writes on The Climate Group blog that Modi is championing a plan to install LED bulbs in homes and street lamps in 100 cities across India by March 2016.

LED bulbs reduce emissions that contribute to climate change by 50 to 80 percent, the article says. They also lower energy bills and promote safety through improved illumination of public areas. The program was launched in the capital, New Delhi, where residents who agree to replace traditional bulbs with LED versions will receive energy discounts for 12 months.

The move comes amid rising concerns about dangerous air pollution in Indian cities linked to fossil fuels. As noted here, several U. S. and European cities recently made the switch. To set an example for his nation, Modi ordered the installation of the energy-efficient bulbs for government buildings.

The Climate Group is an international nonprofit that teams with corporate and government partners on climate issues. 

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