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12 April 2011

Jamaica claims success in bulb giveaway


The Jamaican government is reporting that its initiative to distribute free energy saving light bulbs across the country has been a huge success.

Distribution centres were set up across the Caribbean nation where locals could exchange bulbs of up to 150 watts for 14-watt energy saving bulbs as part of the final phase of the Cuba-Jamaica Compact Fluorescent Lamp Project.

Approximately 30 communities were served, with reports indicating that some areas are completely out of stock and others are still distributing energy saving lamps.

"The new strategy of using distribution centres, instead of going house to house, is working well," commented Oral Rainford, the principal director in the Ministry of Energy and Mining, adding: "In one community we literally ran out."

The programme was launched at the end of March with the intention to hand out over 160,000 energy saving bulbs, provided by Cuba.

At the time, minister of energy and mining, James Robertson, touted the bulbs for the 20 per cent reduction in energy use, saying it could lead to an annual saying of approximately JMD 79 million (£571,000).



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