The Millennium Development Authority (MiDA), a government of Ghana organization established with an aim to oversee, manage and implement the programs under the Compact Agreement signed with the Millennium Challenge Corporation of the United States Of America, is constructing a state-of-the-art test laboratory for Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) that has the ability to assess the energy performance of ductless room air-conditioning (RAC) systems and refrigerators.
A statement issued by the Communications and Public Outreach Unit of MiDA in Accra said that Messrs GHS Housing Limited of Ghana was undertaking the construction of the building that will house the test laboratory. The building is almost complete and the installation of the test equipment is expected to be completed in July, this year.
The first facility of its kind in the West African sub-region
The laboratory upon completion will be the first of its kind in the West African sub-region. It will mainly conduct tests and offer services to ensure that high energy-consuming electrical appliances, particularly imported air- conditioners and refrigerators, meet the Minimum Energy Performance Standard set out in the Energy Commission’s Regulations.
It will also support the National Appliance Standards and Labelling Systems Program that is spearheaded by the Energy Commission.
These vital services will consequently contribute to the efficient use of electricity in the West African country.
Part of the Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management (EEDSM) Project
The construction of this Laboratory is a part of the Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management (EEDSM) Project of the Ghana Power Compact, procured at a cost of US$ 1.95M under the US$ 308M grant funds made available to Ghana by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), an independent U.S. Government foreign aid agency that is helping lead the fight against global poverty.