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.