NamPower's 1mLED campaign progressing well

19 Oct 2016 10:10am
WINDHOEK, 19 OCT (NAMPA) – The distribution and installation of light emitting diode (LED) bulbs under the one million LED campaign is progressing well, with only slight problems experienced with homeowners denying installers access to their homes.
The national power utility, NamPower, recently contracted two companies to replace incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs for free in efforts to save energy and reduce high electricity import costs.
The two companies, called LED champions, are Lex Technologies and NamEnergy Resources.
NamPower’s Project Manager Eino Nanjemba told Nampa on Tuesday the process has been going well and the LED champions have managed to install about 300 000 LED bulbs and replace some 200 000 incandescent bulbs countrywide.
The campaign started 05 September 2016 and is expected to end in May 2017.
Nanjemba noted that about nine towns have benefited from the campaign so far - Windhoek, Walvis Bay, Gobabis, Otjiwarongo, Grootfontein, Rundu, Katima Mulilo, Ondangwa and Oshakati.
“The successful execution of the campaign will yield a saving of about 30 megawatts (MW) to 50MW on our national grid during peak hours, which are 06h00 to 09h00 in the morning and 18h00 to 21h00 in the evening,” he said.
The project manager noted that the two LED champions have reported positive activity countrywide, saying some households are even asking for more lightbulbs.
They have also received enquiries from people elsewhere wanting to know when the campaign will reach them.
Some installers however struggle to gain access to private homes as homeowners want to be assured that they are genuinely part of the campaign and not criminals taking advantage of the campaign.
Nanjemba said members of the public have the right to ask the installers to identify themselves by providing the campaign identification documents (IDs) on reflective jackets, as well as their national IDs.
One of the installers of Lex Technologies which Nampa spoke to in Khomasdal in Windhoek on Monday, Maria Imbondi said the response has been positive.
“Just a few people denied us entry to their houses as they fear criminal activity,” Imbondi said.
She explained that they are only allowed to install six LED bulbs per household in areas where lights tend to be used most during peak hours such as in the kitchens, living rooms and bathrooms - but not in bedrooms.
There are three people in each team responsible for installing and assisting with the completion of a form with general questions. She stressed that bulbs are only installed in houses that still use incandescent bulbs.
Sixty watt incandescent bulbs are replaced with nine watt LED bulbs, while the bulbs with strengths over 60 watts are replaced with 14 watt LED bulbs.
NamEnergy Resources is installing bulbs in Katutura’s Shandumbala area until before moving on to another area.