The Rural Electrification Board (REB) will distribute 7.25m compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) for free to consumers of 55 Palli Bidyut Samitys from June next year.
The energy efficient bulbs will replace incandescent bulbs as part of the government’s Efficient Lightings Initiatives for Bangladesh (ELIB) programme, supported by the World Bank the project to reduce electricity peak loads completed its first phase.
REB chairman Moin Uddin said tender invitations for distributors in the second phase opened for application Thursday and will close on August 26.
The chairman expressed regret for delays in the project. He told the Dhaka Tribune Wednesday the REB would do its best to provide the best possible service and stern action would be taken if errors are reported.
Initially 705,000 CFLs will be distributed, with 6.54m more distributed afterwards.
The chairman said the process will be completed within next month.
ELIB’s project director Mustafizul Haque Chowdhury said the contractor will have to complete distribution within 26 weeks of signing the contract. He said: “Four CFLs can replace a 100W incandescent bulb, so naturally electricity use is reduced threefold with CFLs.”
He added bulbs will be replaced free of cost if damaged within one year.
In the first phase many damaged bulbs were distributed but the government failed investigate if or who was responsible for it.
20-23W CFLs and holders will be installed by Palli Bidyut Samitys, with three CFLs for each household depending on electricity consumption.
The REB has 70 Palli Bidyut Samitys, 15 of those were covered under ELIB’s first phase with 10.5m CFLs distributed in 27 districts from June 2010 to March 2011.
The remaining 55 will be covered in the second phase.
The project began in June 2010 and ends in December next year.
It is estimated the initiative can save the power division at least 200MW of electricity daily.
Tender documents and details are available at REB head office and REB website www.reb.gov.bd.