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The 2 million Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs), procured for Malawi under the UK Department of International Development (DFID) funded Energy Efficient Lighting Program, were delivered at the end of January 2012. Philips was selected as the supplier after an international tender and the CFLs are designed for extended life of 10,000 hours and carry a two year warranty. The program was officially launched on the 1st February 2012 by the Hon. Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Environment Mr. Goodall Gondwe. The electric utility, Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM), undertook a pilot CFL installation program in 500 households to test the proposed procedures. The nationwide program will be rolled out in April 2012 and a comprehensive monitoring and verification plan is in place to quantify the energy savings (which is estimated to be 50 MW of peak demand). The program also includes a lamp waste management strategy for both fluorescent lamps and incandescent bulbs that will address the current health risks through lack of awareness. IIEC is the Lead Consultant in this project having undertaken the detailed design and now leading the implementation phase.

 

Press Conference on CFL Safety Issues (left) and Official Launch of Malawi CFL Program by the Hon. Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Environment Mr. Goodall Gondwe (right)

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