In the heart of Bui, a small town located in the Bono Region of Ghana, the Bui Power Authority’s Hydro-Solar Hybrid plant has made significant strides in revolutionizing the energy landscape and propelling local industries forward sustainably.
Multiple reports coming out of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) on the GH¢300 million procurement contract, equivalent to US$25 million, say it has collapsed. COCOBOD workers have been up in arms against the contract, arguing that it was a total waste of money at a time when the institution was bankrupt, and struggling to pay farmers and workers.
The University for Development Studies (UDS) has launched the Energy Technology Centre for Solar Girls Project to train girls to acquire knowledge and skills in the field. The project seeks to reduce the skills gap in this sector between males and females, and its success would resonate in livelihood empowerment, renewable energy adoption.
The government of Ghana is launching a $550 billion investment plan for the energy transition. The targeted sectors include electricity and mobility. The funding mobilised will enable the distribution of environmentally-friendly stoves, renewable energies, low-carbon hydrogen and electric mobility.
The government is working on a policy framework of using electric vehicles for public transport in Ghana, Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia has said. Bawumia says this will drastically reduce the cost of transportation as the major components of the cost is fuel and spare parts and also reduce carbon emission.
The Government of the Republic of Ghana, through the Ministry of Energy represented by the Ghana Mini Grid and Solar PV Net Metering Project, invites sealed bids from eligible bidders to sedign, supply and install 35 mini-grids für lakeside communities in Ghana.
Ghana’s government intends to use the plan as its main tool to engage the international community and investors for support with its energy transition. All measures suggested in the plan represent a USD 550 billion opportunity for the international community to invest in sustainable development in Ghana.
For a country with abundant sunshine, Ghana is failing to even catch up to countries like Germany who have the least sunshine hours. One of the main barriers is the lack of adequate financing for solar projects. Solar energy is still perceived as risky and expensive by many investors and lenders, who prefer more conventional sources of power.
The ministry will expedite Oil and Gas Exploration and Production to fund the development of Clean Energy Technologies, and we will continue to promote and encourage the use of LPG to reduce dependency on wood fuels.
The recently completed water project, sponsored by Mdluli Safari Lodge, includes a borehole drilled to more than 80 metres that yields over 2 litres of water every second and delivers up to 60,000 litres of water each day to the community members. The system includes a 10-metre tower, solar panels, an alarm system, and a solar-power water pump.