Ghana Electrometer (GEM), one of the companies specialized in electricity metering, has commenced the distribution of Cyclometers to the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum as part of the Self Help Electrification Project (SHELP).
So far, about three hundred and fifty credit meters and a little over one million prepayment meters, have also been satisfactorily deployed across the country.
The Cyclometers, are a new brand of meters that has the traits of mechanical (the black box) and electronic meter, and offers low cost electricity payment for the rural and semi urban areas as part of the SHELP.
According to the company at a media workshop in Accra on Friday, the invention of the Cyclometer is a blend of the mechanical and electronic metering system that allows beneficiaries of the SHELP project pay a little lower than customers in the urban area as part of the rural electrification drive of the Ministry of Energy.
Highlighting the development by one of the engineers of the company ,Mr Obed Solomon, the Director of Operations at GEM said, the metering system for the SHELP project would enable the Ministry maximize profit and enable it to extend the project to other beneficiaries across the country.
He explained that the new metering for the SHELP project, was locally developed by one of its foreign engineers that have been helping the training of Ghanaians for the assembling of meters for the Electricity Corporation of Ghana (ECG) for the past ten years.
He said, the company has been operating in Ghana since 2003, but was incorporated in 2013 in partnership with Elsewedy Electronics of Egypt S.A.E, one of the lading electricity metering companies in Africa and the Middle East as partners.
He said, since incorporation, the company has been providing ECG with credit and prepayment meters and continue to facilitate and accelerate revenue generation, collection and protection drive of ECG.
He added that the Ministry and ECG, have deployed several thousands of GEM’s E-cash prepayment and credit meters across the country.
So far, E-cash and prepayment meters, have been deployed in the following areas: Koforidua in the Eastern region, Ho in the Volta region, Sekondi in the Western region, Cape Coast in the Central region.
The other towns are Tafo, Accra, Hohoe, Tema, Swedru, Nkawkaw and Afienya, as well as Ashanti region this month.