KINGSTON — Jamaicans are turning out in large numbers to exchange high energy consuming incandescent light bulbs for energy saving fluorescent bulbs, in the final phase of the Cuba-Jamaica Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) Project, commonly called the Cuban light bulb programme.
The project was restarted on March 26 in North West St. Andrew, and has since covered over 30 communities.
“The new strategy of using distribution centres, instead of going house to house, is working well,” said Principal Director (Policy) in the Ministry of Energy and Mining, Oral Rainford.
He told JIS News that in South St. Andrew, at the People’s Church complex, Maxfield Avenue, for example, some 5,000 compact fluorescent lamps have been exchanged. There are several other centres in the area where lamps are being distributed.
“In one community we literally ran out,” he added, indicating the strong public support the programme is receiving.
This weekend the distribution teams were in the Arnett Gardens, Rose Town, Trench Town, Admiral Town and Maxfield Avenue, communities of South St. Andrew. Resident told JIS News that they wanted to cut their light bill, so they were using the opportunity to exchange incandescent bulbs for fluorescent lamps.
Jesus Diaz Camargo and Carlos Collado Martinez, representatives of the Ministry of Basic Industries in Cuba, who were at the People’s Church distribution centre, both expressed satisfaction with the process.
“It’s going well so far,” said Mr.Collado in his halting English.
The distribution of the fluorescent lamps will have a significant impact on the national energy bill, as persons are swopping bulbs of up to 150 watts for 14-watt fluorescent lamps.
The distribution programme will continue in St. Thomas Eastern and Western from April 15 to 20 at the following locations.
§ Port Morant – Young’s Lawn – April 15 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
§ Golden Grove – Eastern Banana Sports Complex – April 15 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
§ Bath – Bath Community Centre 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
§ Trinityville – Trinityville Community Centre – April 19 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
§ Morant Bay – Anglican Church Hall – April 19 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
§ Seaforth – York Community Centre – April 19 2 a.m. – 4 p.m.
§ Cedar Valley – Cedar Valley Court House – April 20 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
§ Llandewey – RADA Office – April 20 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
§ Yallahs – Yallahs Baptist Church – April 20 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
By O. RODGER HUTCHINSON, JIS PR Officer