The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi, will Monday start installation of advanced efficient lighting bulbs called Light Emitting Diode (Led) bulbs as part of efforts to reduce blackouts.
Escom has spent K1.2 million to procure the first batch of Led bulbs for distribution across the country.
Escom Spokesperson, George Mituka, said some of the bulbs will be distributed for free to low income households living in high density urban areas while the remainder will be sold at a subsidised price.
“The effect of these bulbs once installed will be reducing the demand for electricity especially during the evening peak hours by 30 megawatts which is enough to light Mzuzu City, Zomba and Karonga. In addition, it is equivalent to building a new power station which could have taken four years, but these bulbs only took us four months to procure,” Mituka said.
He, therefore, asked the general public to cooperate with Escom employees who will be installing the bulbs for the project to achieve the desired results.