Harnessing of Solar Energy High Priority for My Government -Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has stated that his administration will pay particular attention to solar energy and give the harnessing of same high priority.

Speaking at the inaugural Session of the Founding Conference of the International Solar Alliance held at the shtrapati Bhavan Cultural Centre, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Raisina Hills, New Delhi, India, President Akufo said even though Ghana is one of the countries located right in between the tropic of cancer and the tropic of Capricorn, it has not been able to make use of its all year round sunshine to generate power to meet both domestic and industry power needs.

“Ghana is located around the equatorial sun belt with many parts of the country enjoying high levels of Solar eradication all year round. She is endowed with abundant Solar resource which can be exploited to increase significantly the contribution of renewable energy in the country’s power generation mix”, the President said. “It is unfortunate that despite the abundance of sunshine, our energy me x comprises 59% fossil fuels, 40% hydro and only 1% Solar”.

What’s The Plan Forward

In line with Sustainable Development Goal 13, which urges the world to take urgent action to combat climate change and it’s impact, the President indicated that government has aligned four major Solar Energy programmes for implementation by 2030.

“The first is the attachment of electricity utility scales from about 22.5 Mega watts to 250 Mega watts. The second is scaling up the installation of 200,000 Solar panels for household, commercial and Government facilities in urban and selected non electrified communities.
The third is the establishment of 55 mili-grid electrification systems with an average capacity of 100 Kilowatts and finally the deployment of 2 million solar Lanterns to replace kerosene Lanterns currently being used by our rural non electrified households’.
By: Ghana/Ultimatefmonline.com/106.9FM/Presidency