Power-Short Zambia Launches Switch to 100 Percent LED Bulbs - Energy Watch News


Power-Short Zambia Launches Switch to 100 Percent LED Bulbs

Zambia is attempting to convert the nation to LED lightbulbs to help plug crippling power shortages that have hit mining and agriculture and imposed daily rationing on parts of the country. The state-owned Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO) is planning to distribute 5 million free LED bulbs by June in exchange for conventional ones, at a cost of $20 million. The aim is to replace every incandescent bulb in the country. So far, 3 million of the low-energy bulbs have been bought for $5 million. Providing the bulbs free of charge is key to driving the switchover in a country where about 65 percent of the population live on less than $1.90 a day. http://www.reuters.com/

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