Ghana government launches EDSM project to distribute 12 million LED bulbs

Recently, the West African country of Ghana's Ministry of Energy has launched a project aimed at improving energy efficiency and managing demand to reduce household electricity bills. Dubbed Energy Saving and Demand Side Management (EDSM), the project involves distributing LED light bulbs to large cities, municipalities and regional councils, and then to households for free.

Announcing the news at a press conference in Accra, Ghana's Energy Minister John Peter Amewu said the ministry had procured about 12 million LED bulbs at a cost of 200 million guilders (about 700 million yuan).

With the implementation of the EDSM project, the government intends to encourage efficient use of energy by households and strategic institutions to address the growing cost of electricity generation "as their energy consumption accounts for more than half of the nation's electricity demand", he said.

He added that the Department of Energy will distribute LED bulbs to citizens through parliaments at all levels for redistribution to resident consumers in their respective jurisdictions.

He explained that the distribution of the bulbs will depend on the size of the jurisdiction, regardless of the political or religious beliefs of the beneficiaries.

The release of LED bulbs is also expected to help Ghana transition from incandescent and compact fluorescent lamps to LEDs.

Previously, India launched the UJALA initiative in 2015, hoping to replace low-efficiency bulbs, mainly incandescent bulbs, with high-efficiency LED bulbs by 2019, so as to achieve an energy saving target of more than 100 million kilowatts per hour, so as to improve energy efficiency.

According to India's Ministry of Power (MoP) data last year, more than 361.3 million LED light bulbs have been distributed across India, helping the country significantly improve energy efficiency.