Tunis/Tunisia — The project of rapid transformation of the Tunisian market to energy-efficient lighting technologies was launched Monday for an investment cost of $ 2.7 million.
Director General of the National Agency for Energy Management (ANME) Fethi Hanchi said the project, whose implementation will be spread over three years, aims to strengthen the national strategy of energy transition, towards effective and efficient lighting.
It is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) whose mission is to assist countries to adopt energy saving policies in different areas.
The project has suffered a delay of 18 months, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, not to mention the problems related to procedures and signing contracts.
At a workshop dedicated to the announcement of the project launch, Hanchi called for the use of energy efficient lighting equipment in homes, businesses and public lighting, as this technology will save nearly 80% of energy.
He said Tunisia has 6 exporting manufacturers to European countries, while selling prices of such equipment are on the rise.
The official urged all energy-intensive companies to move towards energy-efficient lighting, saying the Energy Transition Fund will allocate a subsidy of 30% of the cost of renewal of equipment.
In addition, companies will benefit from a credit whose value is equivalent to 25% of the cost of lighting equipment that will be repaid over 7 years, including two years of grace and an interest rate of 5%.
Director of rationalisation of energy consumption at ANME Oussama Naguati told TAP nearly 4 million energy-saving lamps (LED) will be distributed initially to families who consume less than 150 kW per month. These lamps will be provided thereafter to other social groups.