Solar Panels will help address Ghana`s cost of electricity - VRA

| Updated Dec 06, 2017 at 7:50pm



The Board Chairman of the Volta River Authority (VRA), Kweku Awotwi says the installation of solar panels in the future will help address the country’s cost of electricity across board.

He explained that as part of VRA’s, Renewable Energy Programme, the use of the solar panels, particularly by industries will help to reduce the consumption level.

Mr. Awotwi said this during an inspection of the newly installed 565 Kilowatts Peak Solar Plant at Cargill in the Tema Free Zones Enclave.

The fully automated, digital PV Solar system designed and installed by Dutch and Co was commissioned barely a month ago by President Akufo-Addo.

The President indicated the government’s preparedness to partner the private sector in helping to address the Energy needs of industries.

Considering the huge energy crisis that bedeviled the Country in 2015, Cargill Ghana installed the Solar plant to enable it to continue with production; hence the installation of the 565Kilowatts Peak Solar facility.

The Board Chairman of the Volta River Authority, Kweku Awotwi said as part of the country’s overall Renewable Energy Programme many companies such as Cargill are being encouraged to introduce such innovations.

He said the VRA’s solar programme has seen the installation of 2.5 megawatts and will add between 12 to15 megawatts in the next 15 months.

The Renewable Energy Consultant for Ghana, Steffen Behrle, who commended Ghana for having the Renewable Energy Act since 2011, said there is the need for an enabling environment.

He noted that the cost of the installation keeps dropping; explaining that power generation from solar is cheaper than Oil and Gas.

The Managing Director of Cargill, Pieter Reichert, said the initiative is part of the Company’s sustainability plan to find innovative and environmentally friendly ways of doing business.

The Plant Maintenance Officer at Cargill, Richard Adjei said the installation of the Plant has helped the company to reduce cost of its products.