Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) has supplied the first 30% of lighting solutions to be included in an ambitious project in Ghana to improve urban health and well-being through energy-efficient street lighting.
As part of a multi-million Euro public-private partnership between the Ghanaian and Netherlands governments, together with Philips, energy-efficient lighting will be installed on a total of 420km of roads in Ghana’s two main cities, Accra and Kumasi. By installing efficient, bright street lighting for the first time on these roads, local authorities expect to improve road safety for drivers and pedestrians alike, create more attractive conditions for business and commercial life, as well as generate a more secure and comfortable outdoor environment for residents.
The project, ordered by the Ministry of Energy in Ghana, is set to be completed in 2012 37% of the funding for the project is coming from the Dutch government as part of its ORET international development programme, an initiative to stimulate exports by Dutch companies to developing countries. The remainder of the funding is being provided as a loan, by the Fortis Bank Nederland for the Government of Ghana.
In total some 10,000 lampposts will be installed with 11,000 energy-efficient SON light fittings, which vary between 150W and 250W. The project is sustainable from a financial point of view and has a limited environmental impact. In addition to the use of energy efficient lighting technologies considerable additional reductions in indirect CO2 emissions will be achieved by the use of lighting controls which automatically cut energy consumption by 50% after six hours of lighting.
“International studies confirm that street lighting saves many lives on the roads,” says DP Smedema, General Manager, Philips Lighting Africa.”The project will also create employment and enable a higher level of economic activity in the evenings”.
The overall project is being managed by Philips and involves a number of sub-contractors. These include Haskoning Nederland BV for the site management, engineering, testing and commissioning, environmental issues and training. The company F Malawi Engineering Co Ltd is responsible for all liaison functions in Ghana and the All Afra Electric company Ltd is responsible for all civil and installation works.
The project is part of the Dutch ORET development programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.