New energy saving street lights in Malé’s outer ring road and the Republic Square will save the government MVR28,000 (US$1,815) a month.
Speaking at a ceremony held at the environment ministry today to hand over the lights to the housing ministry, environment minister Thoriq Ibrahim said replacing 100 street lamps in the capital will reduce electricity costs by 68 percent.
“That is about 1,700 litres of oil that is being saved,” he was quoted as saying by newspaper Haveeru.
Housing minister Dr Mohamed Muiz said the ministry will install the energy saving lights within the next two weeks.
Thoriq said the environment ministry will be replacing street lamps in the capital and other islands under the ‘Fahi Ali’ energy efficiency programme.