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BPC distributes free CFL Bulbs
29/03/10

By Kgotsofalang Botsang   LERALA - Botswana Power Corporation will be replacing one million incandescent bulbs with energy saving compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) nationwide for free, as part of initiatives to manage power supply in the country. The corporation expects to save up to 30MW of electricity from this project. The project, which was kick-started in Sefhare last week, will also address the problem of power outages that occasionally occur due to shortage of electricity in the country. The Morupule Power Plant Generation Director, Mr Abraham Joseph said the country is currently experiencing power shortage. Also in the grip of power shortage is South Africa, which is the chief supplier of power to this country. Mr Joseph said the 120MW generated by Morupule was not enough to meet the country’s demand hence the government was working to expand the power station, which is expected to be completed in 2012. In order to save electricity, he said, the BPC came up with the CFL idea intended to save power and consequently avoid load shedding. Mr Joseph further urged members of the community to save power by switching off lights and other electrical appliances in the mornings and in the late afternoons in order to save power. The replacement of incandescent bulbs with the CFL was piloted in places such as Tlokweng, Lobatse and Ramotswa in 2008 and was found to be very effective. Mr Joseph further requested the community to cooperate with the BPC staff by allowing them access into their homes for them to install the CFL. After replacement, the incandescent bulbs will be collected by BPC. In addition, the Export Manager of Phillips Lighting, Mr Patrick Yamelumbe said the CFLs will help the country save electricity adding that Botswana was the first country to implement such a massive project geared towards saving power. The company which is based in South Africa is responsible for manufacturing the CFLs. BOPA

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