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The 6th West African Clean Energy & Environment Exhibition & Conference, WACEE 2017, has officially opened in Accra. The official opening was held with the participation of top governmental representatives including the Director of Renewable Energy at the Ministry of Energy, Wisdom Ahiataku-Togobo, Deputy Head of Mission, German Embassy to Ghana, Hans-Helge Sander, Country Director of Konrad Adenauer-Foundation Ghana, Burkhardt Hellemann, and a Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana led by Maximilian Butek.
Over the years, WACEE has een at the forefront of renewable and clean energy promotion in Ghana.
Stakeholders from across the world are given opportunities to engage with key players in the sectors and this according to Ghana’s Minister for Energy, Boakye Agyarko, is in line with the government’s aim of increasing the contribution of renewable energy by 10%.
“In seeking to achieve this, government has put in place policies and regulatory framework for attracting private sector investment. The Ministry welcomes recommendations and expert views in addressing the identified gaps,” the minister stated.
He was hopeful that this year’s WACEE will encourage participation in businesses in the renewable energy sector of the country.
Hans-Helge Sander, Deputy Head of Mission, German Embassy to Ghana said Ghana’s power generation mix which is expected to include 10% of renewable energy sources by the year 2020 would be a significant leap from less than half a percent in 2016. This calculation according to him, however, does not account for the vast electricity generation from hydropower.
“Germany recognises Ghana’s renewable energy potential and will continue to offer support for renewable energy projects in Ghana. Subsequently, Ghana has been named as one of the three countries in Africa to benefit from the bilateral reform partnership within the G20 “Compact with Africa” Programme. This compact initiative will bring up to additional 100 million euros to support the renewable energy sector in Ghana,” he stated.
For the fourth time in a row, WACEE features an official “Made in Germany” pavilion consisting of 13 German exhibitors in addition to an information stand. The German pavilion is facilitated by the Federal German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in cooperation with the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry and supported by AHK Ghana.
WACEE 2017 is in partnership with organisations and institutions including the Association of Ghana Industries, Ghananewsonline.com.gh, the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission, the Electricity Company of Ghana Limited, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Oxford Business Group, the Renewable Energy Association of Ghana, Start-Up Factory Kumasi – Paderborn, University of Energy and Natural Resources (Department of Environmental Engineering) and the Brew-Hammond Energy Centre – KNUST in the advancement of renewable energy and environmental technologies in Ghana.