The direct beneficiaries of the project include 59 communities across nine island districts through mini grids; 505 communities in 11 districts through standalone solar systems; 1,089 public buildings; 4,910 households and 6,001 SMEs under the solar net metering component.
Ghana will develop 35 minigrids and stand-alone photovoltaic (PV) solar systems, an investment of more than $85 million, under agreements with the African Development Fund and the government of Switzerland.
Mantrac Ghana Limited has commissioned a 250-kilowatt solar power facility at the Fanmilk depot in Kasoa, Awutu Senya East Municipality of the Central Region.
Under the agreement about 6,890 households, 6,001 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and 6,890 public buildings will be connected to electricity. Seventy communities across nine Island districts through mini grids, 505 communities in 11 districts through standalone solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in the country.
Although the country has achieved an enviable 85.3 percentage access rate as of 2021, the highest electricity access rate in Sub-Saharan Africa, the figure of households without electricity.
The Managing Director (MD) of Suker Power Limited, Abdul-WahabRaj, says solar energy is not a replacer of electricity power, but complements other power generation mix for energy self-sufficiency in the country.
The German government has signed a $6.5 million contract with four institutions in Germany and one institution in Ghana comprising three academic institutions, one research and development institution and a medium-scale industrial firm to design and construct a hybrid waste to energy power plant to treat municipal solid waste in Ghana.
Solar energy will soon be deployed to public institutions as part of an initiative called ‘Ghana Go Solar. It is aimed at reducing emissions of the country and address physical imbalance of the energy sector.
The good news is that Ghana now has a golden opportunity to develop a comprehensive and context-specific plan for navigating the global energy transition. The National Energy Transition Committee (NETC) is tasked with developing a national policy document on steps the country can take to successfully navigate the global energy transition.