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Refrigerator rebate scheme commences nationwide

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The initiative by the Energy Commission to flush out inefficient refrigerating systems from the Ghanaian market and households has taken a step further as last week, the Commission has began rolling out the service across the nation with a target of 50,000 units of refrigerators which will amount to a savings of an estimated 35 million units of electricity.

This scheme according to the Energy Commission is expected to follow the success story of the energy efficient light bulbs which resulted in electricity demand savings of over 124 mega watts, MW and energy cost savings of over US$33 million per annum.

A total of 2,100 old refrigerators have been exchanged for new ones under the Government's pilot Refrigerator Rebate and Exchange Scheme.

The Scheme was launched in September last year in Accra and Tema to ensure that Ghanaians replace old power-consuming refrigerators with new energy efficient ones.  Dr. Alfred Ofosu Ahenkorah, Executive Secretary of the Energy Commission, made this known at a press conference to announce the nationwide launch of the rebate scheme in Accra last week.

He said the new refrigerators the Commission is seeking to promote, could consume less than 500 KWh per year and could reduce the refrigerator's contribution to household electricity consumption to just 16%.

"In meeting our target of selling 50,000 units of refrigerators, this number alone can save an estimated 35 million units of electricity," Dr. Ofosu Ahenkorah added.

The scheme dubbed: "Promoting of Appliance Energy Efficiency and Transformation of Refrigeration Appliance Market in Ghana" aims to improve the energy efficiency of the appliance and save the ozone layer in fighting climate change."

The government through the Energy Commission will provide funds to finance the rebates for the purchase of 50,000 new energy efficient refrigerators, after the old operational refrigerator appliances have been surrendered at participating retail shops.

The project is to establish an energy labelling system, set up and implement a Minimum Energy Performance Standards and push efficiency levels beyond the mandatory standard through a consumer rebate, turn-in and incentive programme.

Dr. Ofosu Ahenkorah said government was providing funds to make the acquisition of refrigerators affordable.

The Executive Secretary said an inefficient refrigerator could drain close to 1,200 KWh or 40 percent of the total household energy, costing about GH¢216.

Dr. Ofosu Ahenkorah said the savings to be made from the use of energy efficient refrigerators could reduce the country's electricity consumption.

In September last year the Commission launched the pilot phase of the scheme, which was operated within Accra and its environs.

He said all refrigerators from the rebate scheme were sent to the City Waste Company Limited for proper disposal.

Dr. Ofosu Ahenkorah encouraged households to participate in the scheme and urged people to visit the participating shops in their vicinity.

He commended the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) for supporting the implementation of the project.

Participating shops in the rebate scheme includes Appliance Masters, Somovision, Melcom and Rowi while Ecobank is partnering the scheme through afforable loans.



Source: The Influential Business Week
Date:  May 28 - June 2, 2013.


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