President Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday, 4th February 2020, slash the sod for the development of two photo voltaic electrical power crops in Kaleo and Lawra, all in the Upper West region, beneath the 17-megawatt peak photo voltaic energy task.
According to President Akufo-Addo, this job reaffirms the dedication of his Authorities to diversify the country’s electricity era portfolio, and, thus, enable boost the renewable energy element of Ghana’s strength blend, and lead to her fight against the outcomes of local climate change.
With the solar task coming on the heels of the development of the Pwalugu Multipurpose Dam and Irrigation Job, the 17-megawatt project is getting funded by the German Government’s Progress Lender, KfW, at a price of €22.8 million.
He stated that the venture will “see to the construction of a 13-megawatt peak challenge in Kaleo and a 4-megawatt peak project in Lawra. This will help Ghana prevent an believed seven thousand, 4 hundred (7,400) tons of carbon dioxide emissions each individual calendar year producing our place a cleaner location to live in”.
He continued, “the venture at Lawra is scheduled to be completed in June this calendar year, with the just one in Kaleo also scheduled to done by December this yr. When concluded, both equally jobs will produce ample energy to energy some 30-two thousand (32,000) households, and improve the geographic unfold of energy era in the country”.
These solar ability crops, the very first of its kind in the area, this indicates that this area also has its good share of power era belongings in the region.
This, President Akufo-Addo stressed, will be the first grid-linked solar ability plant in the Higher West Region, and he was, therefore, expectant that it will provide as the impetus for the progress of the location.
“The vegetation will also decrease the volume of vitality that would have, hitherto, been transmitted from the hydro and thermal crops located in the south, and, thus, help decrease transmission losses on our nationwide grid. It will also generate work for our youth in the course of the development and procedure levels of the job,” the President included.
Acquiring been certain by the Volta River Authority that, just as is currently being done at the 2.5-megawatt peak plant at Navrongo, the 17-megawatt peak photo voltaic vegetation will be operated and preserved by Ghanaians residing in Kaleo and Lawra, the President encouraged the youth in these spots to stand in preparedness for this superb option.
“I am hunting ahead to academic establishments in the Upper West Region bringing their learners to see the useful demonstration of an operational photo voltaic plant. Students will have the chance to do their internships and Nationwide Assistance at these vegetation, consequently, increasing their information in the subject of photo voltaic energy”, he mentioned.
Tertiary institutions, President Akufo-Addo noted, can also collaborate with the VRA to undertake investigate in parts that will improve the effectiveness and sustainability of the plant, among some others.
“We ought to get our upcoming era of photo voltaic energy specialists from this area,” he additional.
Even though commending the Ministries of Finance, and Energy and, in certain, the Volta River Authority for the roles they have played in bringing this job to fruition, the President informed the contractor “you have no purpose to delay the timely execution of this job.” Minority Leader desires the price of Pwalugu Dam venture reviewed
The value of the electrical generation elements for the proposed Pwalugu Dam is much too high priced and need to be renegotiated.
This is according to the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu.
The 60MW facility is anticipated to charge 366 million bucks.
Alongside one another with the irrigation element of the dam, the total project is approximated to expense close to a billion pounds.
The Minority resisted the passage of the personal loan for the job in the early hours of 24th December 2019 before the Residence went on recess.
The Tamale South MP maintains the offer have to not be handed in its existing condition.
“I assume the right thing will be for the Committee of Finance and the Committee of Mines and Strength to re-look at this certain ask for. Other than that you are not able to shell out GHS366 million bucks on 60 megawatts of electricity…Ideally, I built a comment that the suitable issue will be for the committees to re-examine it. We do not just look at phrases and disorders but we seem at its affect on the economy and the Ghanaian persons.”
Meanwhile, the Very first Deputy Majority Chief Whip, Matthew Nyindam has reported the Minority is operating forward of its self.
“We imagined that it is a respectable concern. There is a report that is previously on the Floor of Parliament. We will want to increase the report and if there are lapses that are overwhelming, to the extent that the committee has to withdraw the report and go and sit on it we will undoubtedly permit that to take place ”.