Iran has been encouraging its people to use energy-efficient light bulbs in their homes as the country experiences daily power cuts.
"The number of low-cost compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) distributed in the market will reach 20 million by the end of the (Iranian) month of Shahrivar (ending September 21)," said the managing director of the Renewable Energy Organization of Iran, Hossein Lavaei, on Monday.
The government has allocated huge subsidies to make energy-efficient bulbs available in the market for less than half of the cost price, he said.
Price is seen as one of the biggest hurdles to widespread approval of the energy-efficient light bulbs.
The Islamic Republic has been suffering from daily power outages this summer because of a dramatic drop in rainfall this year which created a severe drought.
A shortage of electricity supply this summer has forced Iran's Energy Ministry to ration electricity by scheduling power outages across both urban and rural areas that last up to four hours a day.
Officials hope that by swapping traditional light bulbs for energy-efficient bulbs Iran can dramatically reduce its high electricity consumption which has made power outages the order of the day.
A dramatic cut in downfall followed by drought this year has caused hydro-electric dams to shut down leading to daily power cuts in Iran.
The drought spell has worsened the power supply situation. While the consumption has been growing 15 percent each year, the supply shows only a maximum of seven percent rise.
The bad omen came in the wake of a severe drop in downpour, unprecedented in 4 decades, Press TV's Amir Mehdi Kazemi reports.
An Iranian authority prescribed pre-cautionary measures as to prevent catastrophe in the wake of power shortage.
"Power industry is costly, it takes time and requires long term planning, and we must go towards mobilizing ourselves for critical situation like this and be able to have at least 5,000 megawatts of electricity for back up," Mehrdad Abedi, A Tehran Polytechnic University professor said.
Power outage has become an order of the day when shortage of electricity has forced Iran's power generators to ration electricity, leaving about a four-hour daily power outage quota in rural and urban areas.
Following a winter and spring drought, the dams were shut down highlighting the need for speeding up the alternative nuclear power project to generate electricity.
Currently 93 percent of the country's electricity is produced by fossil fuel. Once the much-awaited nuclear power plant in Bushehr comes online, it will reduce the concerns over power outage.
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