The Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) has handed over an ultra-modern air-conditioning and refrigerator testing facility to the Ghana Standards Authority as part of its ongoing projects to promote efficiency in the energy sector.
The test laboratory, which cost approximately US$1.88m, is part of the sub-project activities under MiDA’s Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management (EEDSM) Project and was funded from the US$316m Ghana Power Compact Programme.
The ultramodern facility, which is the first of its kind in West Africa, will ensure that only approved energy-efficient cooling appliances are allowed into the market, thereby reducing the high energy demand and pressure on the national electricity grid while improving customers’ confidence in any cooling equipment they purchase.
“The management of MiDA are excited to be handing over this valuable and much-needed asset to the good people of Ghana through the Ghana Standards Authority in good time. It is our prayer that the facility will be put to good use and that it will yield the intended benefits, ensuring that only energy-efficient cooling appliances are allowed into the Ghanaian market,” chairperson of MiDA Prof. Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu said in a speech read on her behalf.
The laboratory is equipped with a Balanced Ambient Room Calorimeter (BARO), a test chamber for the evaluation of the capacity and performance of Room Ambient Calorimeters (RACs) compliant with the ISO 5151 standards.
Trade and Industry Minister Alan Kyeremanten said in a speech read on his behalf that the new testing laboratory will support Ghana’s energy efficiency agenda.
“This facility will support the government’s efforts towards implementing a national programme to enforce performance labelling of ductless room air-conditioning systems as part of its policy and commitment to energy sufficiency and promotion of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency,” he said.
US Ambassador to Ghana Stephanie Sullivan said the facility will expand the capacity of the Ghana Standards Authority and the Energy Commission to assess the energy performance of appliances like air conditioners and refrigerators imported into the country.
She said the setting up of the new facility aligns with the objective of the MCC Ghana Power Compact to advance energy efficiency programmes to reduce electricity demand, conserve today’s energy resources, and prepare Ghana to address the challenges of a changing global climate.
“The stakes on climate change couldn’t be higher, so we need to take every step possible to mitigate its effects, including conserving energy and promoting efficient energy consumption through projects like the Air Conditioner and Refrigerator Test Laboratory. It will help ensure high energy-consuming electrical appliances meet the Energy Commission’s standards and support Ghana’s national appliance standards and labeling systems programme,” she noted.