The St Lucia government says Taiwan is funding a project to reduce energy consumption in the public sector through the installation of energy-efficient lighting in public buildings.
One component of the Sustainable Energy project is the replacement of the costly incandescent lights with light-emitting diode (LED) lighting.
Head of the Energy, Science and Technology Unit in the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Judith Ephraim, said the project is an important component of the national approach to make St Lucia more energy-efficient.
"The government of St Lucia has announced its intention to reduce energy consumption in the public sector by 20 per cent by the year 2020. To assist in this regard, funding has been received from the Republic of China (Taiwan) to support sustainable energy and a major component of this is the retrofit of suitable public buildings with LED lighting," said Ephraim.
"This project will present significant benefits to the entire country as LED lighting is very energy-efficient and it is longer-lasting. This means that government will spend less on electricity, and the money saved can then be channelled to other areas to improve our standard of living," she added.
Under the first phase of the project, locally registered companies are being invited to bid for the procurement of 500 LED tubes.