The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday, 4th February, 2020, slice the sod for the construction of two photo voltaic power vegetation in Kaleo and Lawra, all in the Upper West Location, underneath the seventeen (17) megawatt peak solar electrical power project.
In accordance to President Akufo-Addo, this task reaffirms the dedication of his Govt to diversify the country’s power era portfolio, and, thereby, enable enhance the renewable energy component of Ghana’s energy mix, and add to her fight versus the effects of climate improve.
With the solar undertaking coming on the heels of design of the Pwalugu Multipurpose Dam and Irrigation Task, the 17-megawatt task is currently being funded the German Government’s Improvement Lender, KfW, at a price of €22.8 million.
He mentioned that the challenge will “see to the construction of a 13-megawatt peak undertaking in Kaleo and a 4 megawatt peak venture in Lawra. This will assistance Ghana stay away from an estimated seven thousand, four hundred (7,400) tons of carbon dioxide emissions every yr making our region a cleaner position to dwell in.”
He continued, “the job at Lawra is scheduled to be accomplished in June this 12 months, with the a single in Kaleo also scheduled to completed by December this year. When concluded, the two projects will deliver enough energy to electric power some thirty-two thousand (32,000) households, and boost the geographic unfold of electricity generation in the country.”
These photo voltaic ability vegetation, the initially of its sort in the Upper West Location, would imply that this Area also has its honest share of electrical power technology belongings in the nation.
This, President Akufo-Addo pressured, will be the first grid connected solar electric power plant in the Upper West Region, and he was, therefore, expectant that it will serve as the impetus for the improvement of the area.
“The plants will also lower the volume of energy that would have, hitherto, been transmitted from the hydro and thermal crops located in the south, and, thereby, aid decrease transmission losses on our countrywide grid. It will also generate employment for our youth all through the design and operation phases of the venture,” the President extra.
Obtaining been certain by the Volta River Authority that, just as is remaining performed at the 2.5-megawatt peak plant at Navrongo, the 17 megawatt peak solar plants will be operated and maintained by Ghanaians dwelling in Kaleo and Lawra, the President inspired the youth in these places to stand in preparedness for this superb opportunity.
“I am wanting forward to educational institutions in the Higher West Region bringing their students to see the practical demonstration of an operational solar plant. Pupils will have the possibility to do their internships and Nationwide Support at these vegetation, so, increasing their expertise in the area of photo voltaic energy”, he stated.
Tertiary establishments, President Akufo-Addo famous, can also collaborate with the VRA to undertake study in spots that will boost the performance and sustainability of the plant, among other people.
“We need to get our subsequent era of solar strength professionals from this location,” he added.
Whilst commending the Ministries of Finance, and Power and, in unique, the Volta River Authority for the roles they have played in bringing this project to fruition, the President explained to the contractor “you have no motive to hold off the well timed execution of this venture.”