Ghana’s Solar Energy Mix generation to increase to 300 Mwp by 2020

The Ministry of Energy has been working assiduously to ensure that solar generation on the country’s energy mix increase from the current installed capacity of 22.5MWp to about 300 MWp by the year 2020, Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko, has disclosed. 

Bui Power Authority, he said, has completed expansion works on its switchyard to accommodate the injection of up to 250 MW grid solar energy, adding that the location of the Bui Generation Station switchyard and its attendant switching facilities connected to the nation grid puts Bui Power Authority at a very advantageous position to not only support the transmission of solar power but also increase the grid connected solar potential of the country.

At the inauguration of the newly constituted Board of the Bui Power Authority in Accra, he said, though small and mini hydro resources are available, their development has lagged behind for more than a decade. Several of these mini hydro resources, he adds remain unexploited.

In April this year, he said, Mr. Agyarko stated that his outfit formally appointed Bui Power Authority as the employer representatives to spearhead the development of other mini hydropower resources in the country. Bui Power Authority, he explained has to leverage the unique experience and skills set gained in the implementation of the 400 MW Bui Hydroelectric project to the development of other small and mini hydro dams in the country.

The Minister of Energy said “Board members, during your tenure in office, your are expected to focus on examining the resources available to the Bui Power Authority and strategize to increase the solar potential of the country especially in the northern sector to balance the sitting of generating plants in the country and improve the energy security, energy equity and environmental sustainability [energy trilemma indices].”

The chairman of the Board is Ambassador Afare Apeadu Donkor is the chairman. The members are Mr. Fred Oware, Alhaji Abubakari  Abubakari Abdul-Rahman, Mrs Sylvia Maria Asare, Hon. Gabriel Osei, Dr. Adams Sulemana Achanso and Mr.Kwaku Bowiansa Abrefa.

The Board, according to the minister has enormous duty of ensuring the Bui Power Authority’s mandate as enshrined in the Act of parliament, 2007, Act 740 is achieved. He said “I would like to point out that the Governing Board has expertise in energy, finance, law, business, management and leadership. I am also very much convinced that the brain power and experience within the Governing Board is unparalleled. The challenge now is to think outside the box and help steer the Authority to an enviable renewable hub.”

Source: Adovor Nutifafa                                                                                                                        

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