Here is news that will bring cheer to conservationists — with the world now turning to solar power, the best form of renewable energy, West Bengal is not lagging behind. Aimed at offering a big boost to renewable source of energy and combating the fury of carbon emission, Bajaj Electricals Ltd has come out with a wide range of LED lights that involve a solar power system that affords lighting for smart cities in India&’s eastern zone.

Be it in commercial establishments, shopping malls, super-speciality hospitals, departmental stores, five-star haunts, retail outlets and pharma companies, LED lights might be more than twice the cost of other lights but they’ve become the trend of the day in the corporate world. R Sundarajan, executive president and country head, luminaires segment, Bajaj Electricals Ltd, said, “In today&’s world, with the advancement of technology, LED lighting will form the backbone of the luminary industry in India. When it comes to LED lighting, the demand is highest in Andhra Pradesh. Moreover, there exists a big opportunity in Bengal in the field of LED lighting since it saves power, energy and is low on maintenance.”

The lighting major is quite strong in the eastern states and commands around 12-14 per cent of the market share in Bengal in the luminary segment. With about 20 per cent of the market share in the country, the group has as many as 21 branches across India and 70 dealers in Bengal. “We are looking to clock around 12 per cent turnover in the lighting segment in the eastern belt,” he said.

There is tremendous demand for LED lighting and solar power in defence establishments, commercial hubs and the tea gardens of North Bengal. Debashis Sarkar, deputy general manager and regional manager, lumnaires segment, Bajaj Electricals Ltd, said,  “LED lights are in great demand in major towns like Siliguri, Jalpaiguri and Alipur Duar. We are in the process of executing LED lights at the 1,000-bed Nightingale Hospital in Gangtok. The tea gardens in the Dooars and Darjeeling hills are increasingly going in for solar lights that will offer them protection from animal attacks, safety and security during sundown. Bagdogra Airport is using LED lights and solar power.”

The group has dealers in Siliguri, Gangtok and Thimpu in Bhutan. A number of private banks, like HDFC Bank, ICICI and Axis also prefer solar power. Sarkar said, “We have equipped nearly 20 super-specialised hospitals with LED lighting across the state, not to mention the state-owned super-speciality hospital in Jalpaiguri. There is heavy rainfall followed by landslides and power cuts in the Darjeeling hills and Sikkim during the monsoon. Residents can make use of solar power for two days at a stretch during a power crisis. Carbon emission is comparatively less in LED lights that are devoid of mercury, which is highly noxious. When ordinary tubelights that have mercury content are thrown away, this gets mixed in the ground and poses a threat to the earth.”