Ghana ups its solar ante with announcement of new programs

The President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, pledged his commitment to scaling up Ghana’s solar industry at the founding ceremony of the ISA, held last Sunday in New Dehli, India.

Overall, he outlined a number of programs aimed at growing solar, including increasing the generation of utility-scale PV from the current around 22.5 MW (most of which comes from a 20 MW PV plant completed by the independent power producer BXC Ghana Ltd), to 250 MW by 2030.

Meanwhile, the country aims to install 200,000 solar systems in households, and commercial and government facilities in both urban and rural communities; and 55 mini-grids, with an average capacity of 100 kW.

Akufo-Addo explained that the systems would be based on hybrid solar PV technology and would serve both islands and off-grid communities.

Ghana’s goal of deploying two million solar lanterns to replace their kerosene counterparts in rural, non-electrified areas will also continue, added the President.

He further pledged to establish a business-friendly investment environment to drive solar energy and renewables, to “positively alter the country’s energy-mix.”

To achieve these targets, Akufo-Addo said the country needs to establish a domestic manufacturing and assembly industry. This will also help create local employment opportunities, he said.

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