Osram, Philips land Mexico contracts

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Mexico's trust for electrical energy saving (Fide) has awarded contracts to Osram, Philips and a local firm to supply 32mn energy-saving light bulbs to low-income households to reduce their electricity costs.

The two firms presented the most economical model of self-ballasted fluorescent light bulbs for the country's national substitution program, which will benefit around 6.4mn families, according to the energy ministry (Sener).

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Osram has been awarded 70% of the total, or 22.4mn light bulbs, while Philips Mexicana will supply 20%.

Mexican firm Iluminación Especializada de Occidente will supply 3.2mn light bulbs, or 10% of the total.

The total value of the contracts is 480mn pesos (US$36.7mn), funds that will be provided by Sener's energy transition and sustainability fund (Fotease).

The national light bulb substitution program will be carried out in towns of up to 100,000 residents and seeks to eliminate 40W and 60W light bulbs from the market.

Fide is a non-profit, private sector organization charged with fomenting the use of energy-saving devices and was created on the initiative of state power utility CFE.