The Ghanaian government moved to install energy street lights in some regions of Ghana in a bid to enhance development and security in the country.

Mr. Sylvester Ashong Ayayee, the Project Manager of the Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management (EEDSM) stated that ceremonial roads in the two municipalities would have the energy-saving lights installed to reduce waste in the energy supply chain. “We are working with the Ministry of Energy and the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to ensure that contractors on the project deliver to meet required standards, so that we will not have to replace the lights after six months, since they will last for the next five years,”

The project which will cost about $2.4 million would also undertake some key activities, including the development and enforcement of standards and labels, improvement in energy auditing and public information and education programs.

As part of the demand side management infrastructure, he said, six facilities owned by the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, the University of Ghana, the Department of Urban Roads, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education had been earmarked for retrofitting to replace the existing high-energy consumption.

Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) would also embark on a “vigorous public sensitization campaign to create awareness of the need to use energy efficient electronic gadgets and conserve power”.

This venture he stated was to ensure behavioral change by working with the Ministry of Education to include in the educational curricular energy conservation models “as part of plans to catch them young. Through these activities we can make electricity available to more consumers at a lower cost”.