The Objective of the Bachat Lamp Yojana also known as BLY in short form is a scheme to provide Energy Efficient Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) at the same cost i.e. Rs.15, as of Incandescent Bulbs. The cost differential would be made up by project implementer through carbon credits earned which could be traded in the International market under Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of Kyoto Protocol.

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Bachat Lamp Yojna details

The BEE coordinates the Small-Scale Programme of Activities (SSC-PoA) and supports the project implementer(s) in implementing the CDM Programme Activities (CPAs) in India through collaboration with Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOMs). The scheme after implementation results in reducing GHG emissions (CO2) from power plants connected to the grid The BLY CDM Programme of Activities (PoA) is registered with UNFCCC on 29th April 2010. Till date, 50 small-scale BLY projects from various parts of India have been included in this registered umbrella framework, and 44 projects have been implemented. As a result, about 29 million CFLs have been distributed during the XI plan period.

Current development of Bachat Lamp Yojna-

The Bachat Lamp Yojana PoA is a scheme developed by BEE to promote energy efficient lighting in India. There are no mandatory requirements in India requiring the use of energy effective CFL at the household level. All the key players under the scheme like the BEE and participating implementer(s), DISCOMs and households are voluntarily taking part under this scheme.  

An Avoided Generation Size of 415 MW has been achieved by the CFL distribution during XI plan which is verified by the third party. The Monitoring and Verification process of the BLY PoA has commenced for the issuance of CERs for the completed projects.



The SEB/ DISCOM intends to promote energy efficiency in the lighting system of the residential household consumers in its area based on the scheme parameters laid down by Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power, Govt. of India under the CDM based CFL Lighting Scheme- “Bachat Lamp Yojana” (BLY).

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), is the coordinating and managing entity for the CDM based Bachat Lamp Yojana Programme of Activity (BLY-PoA).

Through this EoI, SEB/DISCOM (insert name), invites offers from BEE impaneled CFL manufacturers/ traders, investors to develop CDM programme activities (CPAs) for inclusion and implementation under the BLY-PoA.

Summary of “Bachat Lamp Yojana”

1- The Bachat Lamp Yojana PoA is a scheme developed by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) to promote energy efficient lighting for households in India.

2- The BEE is coordinating the Programme of Activities (PoA) ‘Bachat Lamp Yojana’ as a PoA Managing entity and will support the CPA implementer(s) in developing the CDM Programme Activities (CPAs) in India through collaboration with Electricity Distribution Companies (SEB /DISCOMs).

3- Under the BLY scheme quality, long-life CFLs would be distributed by SSC-CPA implementer(s) to grid-connected residential households in exchange for an incandescent lamp (ICL) and INR 15.

4- scheme works on a purely voluntary basis and as such is not mandatory. Hence, all the key players under the scheme like the BEE and participating CPA implementer(s), SEB / DISCOMs and households voluntarily take part under this scheme.

5- To bridge the cost differential between the market price of the CFLs and the price at which they are distributed to households, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is harnessed. The CPA implementer(s) would cover the project cost through the sale of greenhouse gases (GHG) emission reductions achieved in their respective CPA areas.

6- The CFL distribution under an SSC-CPA is restricted to the project boundary which is the identified SEBs/DISCOM’s CPA project distribution area e.g. DISCOM Circle, Division. The households under the defined project area can be identified by their unique DISCOM provided consumer numbers.

The distribution of CFLs and replacement of previously used ICLs in households in the SSC-CPA area can take place using one or more of the following methods:

  • Direct installation in each household; and/or
  • ICL collection and CFL distribution through dedicated distribution points as advertised by the SSC-CPA owner in the local media e.g. local DISCOM offices, retail outlets, resident association offices, schools etc

The CFLs are to be installed in high hourly usage areas in a household, such as outsides, common areas, living room area, and kitchen. The CPA Implementer in cooperation with the SEB/DISCOM will do this by virtue of an awareness campaign educating households that only in case the CFLs are placed in high usage areas, maximum energy savings and subsequent cost savings can be achieved

In India IS 15111 standard specifies a minimum 6000 hours rated lifetime. Long life quality CFLs in BLY context would thus meet IS 15111 requirements and have an average rated life of  6000 hours and above. Further, The CFLs would deliver at least the lumens as defined under the Indian national standard IS 418:2004 for ICLs

Salient features of the BLY scheme are:

  • Up to four self-ballasted CFLs can be provided to a household consumer as direct substitutes for ICLs. Only CFLs with electronic ballasts are to be used.
  • ICL wattages of 100, 60 and 40 W can be replaced
  • The CDM small-scale methodology AMS-II.J shall be applied. a fixed value of 3.5 hours of CFL uses per day to estimate the GHG emission reductions under the CDM project.
  • Approximately 600,000-800,000 CFLs can be distributed within a single CPA small-scale CDM limit of 60 GWh.
  • The participating households will need to sign an agreement with the SSC-CPA Implementer forbidding them to re-sell the CFLs.