Gov’t aims to reduce electricity consumption by 20%
Local and Administrative Development Minister Adel Labib - YOUM7/Hisham Saied

CAIRO: The government will begin “strict procedures” to reduce the consumption of electricity in all governorates by 20 percent, Minister of Local Development Adel Labib said in Monday press release, several media outlets reported.

“Egypt will depend during the coming years on solar energy in providing light in houses, deeming it one of the most important sources of renewable energy to generate electricity that will contribute in reducing the lightening in houses by 30 to 40 percent,” Labib said.

The government plans to construct energy saving units in each governorate in coordination with projects to improve energy efficiency affiliated with the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, the statement read.

Last June, Giza Governor Ali Abdel Rahman said that officials in the governorate would start using solar power on Haram Street to reduce electricity consumption by 30 percent, Youm7 reported.

In previous statements, Rahman said that his administration would install solar stations at governorates headquarters in addition to installing solar-powered street lights at Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road.

According to a Monday statement, Labib urged the governors to call citizens to curb their energy usage by swapping their light bulbs with to power-saving bulbs and switching off lights and electronics at work after working hours.

The minister added that they plan to construct solar energy plants in all governmental buildings as an alternative of electricity.

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, with the ministers of electricity, health, housing, social solidarity, travelled July 13 to Luxor University’s Faculty of Fine Arts to inaugurate a solar power station which lights the faculty’s building and Khaled Ibn Al-Waleed Street.

Luxor Governor Saad Eddin told MENA that the generated energy would be stored in batteries to be used later in lighting the streets, which he said would save 39 tons of mazut ( a low-grade fuel oil.)

The government will pump 1,800 megawatts of electricity in the networks while simultaneously searching for alternatives such as solar energy and wind to generate electricity, Al-Ahram reported last Monday.

EGX board member and chairperson of Arabeya Online Brokerage Hisham Tawfiq said he would take public shares of a new company that plans to produce up to 100 megawatts of solar power in the desert, Al-Ahram reported July 9.

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