The lights have been tested globally and certified for best quality by world lighting authorities.
Lagos, Nigeria, March 2011 – PNN, a leading pan-African technology service provider in the development of the communications and power sectors in nine African countries, has recently invested in LED UK, a UK-based manufacturer, to design efficient outdoor and indoor lighting systems for manufacture throughout Africa, starting with Nigeria.
LED UK managing director Alan Parker announces that LED UK will provide PNN with the technology to manufacture its own energy efficient lighting products at affordable prices.
The low-energy lights will be manufactured in TechVille, an Ondo State technology village, in collaboration with MIDATCO and the Ondo State government, starting in 2013. The planned factory will have the capacity to produce 5000 LED lights per month, reducing the need for importation to Nigeria and thus lowering costs.
The factory, which will be the first of its kind to manufacture LED lights in Africa, is expected to create 700 jobs in its first year, and is an important element in this technology transfer project, as it will contribute directly to capacity building and community development in Ondo State.
Says Parker: “We are excited to work with PNN on this course, based on her expertise and giant strides in the provision of energy efficient solutions in Africa.”
PNN CEO, Otunba AbdulRahman Abiola-Odunowo, adds, “This partnership is a welcome development for PNN, because it gives us the opportunity to bring new technology to Nigeria and do what has never before been done in Africa.
“PNN has chosen to invest in LED UK because they offer some of the best quality in this sector. We want Nigerians to benefit firsthand from the best technology available and begin to produce to meet her own domestic needs, and hopefully one day, for export.”
Abiola-Odunowo also claims that up to 50% of the energy consumed in Nigerian homes, factories and business places go to lighting systems that are essential.
“It is important to seek alternatives that are more energy saving,” he says, adding, “With the new technology brought by LED UK, we can now reduce energy consumed by our lighting systems, consequently curtailing climate change as well as cutting the high energy costs associated with powering lights.
“PNN is ready to ensure that new energy efficient lighting systems replace the highly inefficient lighting systems in the country.
”According to Parker, benefits of LED UK lighting products include the fact that they are produced with organic materials, are cost and energy efficient, lasting from 18 to 24 years, and biodegradable, meaning they will not pose any hazard to the environment at the end of their life cycle.
Parker explains that the lights have been tested all around the world, and are certified for best quality by world lighting authorities in the USA and United Kingdom.
The LED UK products will be rolled out to all African countries in which PNN operates