LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) --
The Zambian government said on Tuesday that it
intends to spend about 20 million U.S. dollars on the
procurement of energy saving bulbs as one way to reduce the
country’s electricity deficit.
Zambia has continued
facing a power deficit which has seen the country’s power
utility rationing power for four hours on a rotational basis.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Water
Development, said the bulbs to be distributed to customers will
save the country about 200 megawatts at a cost of 400 million
In remarks delivered
at the start of a stakeholders’ meeting on energy efficiency
indicators in Lusaka, the country’s capital, the official said
the government has since provided a number of incentives such as
tax exemptions on energy saving bulbs and renewable energy
technologies to encourage consumers on efficiency use of the
available electricity and to venture into alternative sources of
The power utility,
she said, has been distributing energy saving bulbs for free
countrywide and that over 1.6 million bulbs have been
distributed so far.
Zambia has been
experiencing a power deficit since June last year due to low
water levels in its reservoirs, a situation that resulted into a
severe deficit of about 1,000 megawatts in December and eight
hours of power rationing.
The government is
currently implementing an efficiency quick actions and
electricity indicators project being supported by the European
Union (EU) under its Technical Assistance Facility, she added.