The Millennium Development Authority (MiDA), is to provide 1.5 million dollars to the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) to construct an Air Conditioner Test Containment Building and Testing Laboratory.
The project is part of the Millennium Challenge Corporation Power Compact Two.
Speaking to Citi Business News, a Technical Controller at MiDA, Ing. William Amuna, said the objective is to enhance efficiency in electricity consumption.
He explained that the construction work on the Containment Building for a Testing Laboratory which will assess the performance of ductless Room Air conditioning (RAC) Systems will begin on June 1, 2020.
He said the funding was provided by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), an Agency of the United States Government, under the Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management Project of the Ghana Power Compact.
“The facility to be constructed on the premises of the Ghana Standards Authority, will support government’s efforts towards implementing a national program that will enforce performance labeling of ductless RAC Systems,” he said.
“It will also ensure that appliances meet a minimum efficiency performance standard (MEPS) and contribute to the efficient use of electricity,” he added.
About the project
The Test laboratory will be equipped with a Balanced Ambient Room Calorimeter (BARC) Test Chamber for evaluation of the capacity and performance of Room Ambient Calorimeters (RACs), in accordance with the ISO 5151 Standards.
MiDA is also collaborating with the GSA on the development of Standards and Labels for 20 energy consuming electronic appliances.
GHS Housing limited has been contracted to construct the AC Test Laboratory Containment Building.
The Director General of the Ghana Standards Authority, Prof. Alex Dodoo, said the project when completed in two years, will boost the capacity of the Authority to check the quality of air conditioners before they are allowed into the country.