Zimbabwe acquires fluorescent lamps to save energy

BULB  .faramarzZesa has spent a total of US$2mn for 1.8mn florescent bulbs. (Image source: .faramarz/Flickr)Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) has acquired more than a million energy-saver bulbs in an attempt to conserve power

The bulbs, supplied by Kgabo Engineers of South Africa, arrived after the power utility paid US$2mn for 1.8mn bulbs. The South African company will supply 5.5mn bulbs in all.

Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company managing director Julian Chinembiri confirmed the delivery and said the bulbs would form part of a larger energy-saving mission in Zimbabwe.

Chinembiri said, “The bulbs are now in the country and were delivered in two batches from the South African company we contracted. We signed a contract with Kgabo Engineers after several companies failed to meet the requirements. We are expecting other consignments to follow as we continue to mobilise the resources.

“Up to 200MG would be saved daily after the 5.5mn energy-saver bulbs are installed.”

The bulbs, commonly referred to as compact fluorescent lamps, will last longer than incandescent light bulbs, Zesa claimed.

Chinembiri said the bulbs would be installed at the beginning next week, starting with Chitungwiza, and northern, western and eastern parts of Harare. The bulbs will be distributed free of charge.

“We are also planning an official launch but we will start dispatching them next week through our offices,” Chinembiri added. 

“In the meantime, we are working on the logistics of distributing them as they will be free of charge. We are also working on bringing more bulbs for our consumers.”

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