Government begins nationwide distribution of 12 million energy-saving LED bulbs

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As part of measures to improve energy consumption efficiency, the government is set to embark on a nationwide distribution of about 12 million energy-saving bulbs to households.

This distribution, according to the Energy Ministry, will come at no cost to the beneficiaries.

Speaking to ABC News on Friday, March 20, 2020, Head of Communications and Public Affairs at the Ministry of Energy, Nana Kofi Damoah Oppong said the main motive for the project is to replace the commonly used energy-draining bulbs with about 12 million LED energy-saving ones.

He explained that the ministry has realized that managing energy consumption to conserve power is far cheaper and cost-effective than increasing the power supply by adding on to the existing capacity.

Nana Damoah revealed that through this exercise, the ministry has estimated between 150 megawatts to 250 megawatts of power can be saved.

He added that all the necessary arrangements have been made for the exercise to start very soon in all the various districts, municipals and metropolitans across the country.

“We have said a lot about demand-side management. On the nationwide scale, what the Ministry of Energy is doing is that we are distributing 12 million LED bulbs to improve efficiency in the entire country. In terms of cost, it is much more expensive to add more generation to the grid than to manage demand efficiently and effectively such that we can save,” the head of Communications and Public Affairs explained.

He added that “we are estimating that we can save anywhere between 150 to 250 megawatts in this replacement of LED bulbs nationwide. We are implementing this to also ensure that the energy that is been produced is also used effectively and efficiently across the entire country.”


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