Renewable Energy

Government has developed a comprehensive renewable energy policy to increase the country’s installed capacity, which is currently below 1%, says the Vice President of Ghana, Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia.

According to him, Government was implementing a number of policy instruments to accelerate the development of the renewable energy sector, including the piloting of competitive tendering process for procurement of renewable energy capacity, and as well as procurement of inputs in the renewable projects.

“Ghana must be smart, innovative and proactive in the use of renewable energy solution to spur economic growth,” says the Vice President.

Noting that, the country was on course in achieving the universal access to electricity target by 2020, and the country’s electricity access as at June this year was 85.7 %.

The Vice President said, Government identified challenges preventing the establishment of renewable plants and would, therefore, put measures in place to resolve them so that the nation would actualise the full potentials of the renewable energy solution.

Adding that, Government was developing a comprehensive public-private strategy that would deploy solar energy in public institutions to increase renewable energy installed capacity in the country and ameliorate the high utility bills that were collapsing their finances.

Dr. Bawumia said this in a speech read on his behalf by the Deputy Minister of Energy, Dr Mohammed Amin Adam at the opening of the 3rd Ghana Renewable Energy Fair and Exhibition at the International Conference Centre in Accra.

The three-day event dabbed; “Renewable Energy: An Engine for Distributed Wealth Creation”, brought together energy experts from various sectors to discuss strategies to improve renewable energy usage in the country.

It also serves as a platform for government to interface with the private sector and civil society organisations, to promote renewable energy solution and linkages between the academia, entrepreneurs and industries.

According to him, since Parliament enacted the Renewable Energy Act in 2011, the Energy Commission had granted about hundred provisional licenses and the Electricity of Ghana had signed a number of power purchase agreements, geared towards the provision of renewable energy solution in the country.

However, he emphasized that, the effective utilisation of renewable energy, would play a key role in the Government’s objectives of achieving social transformation through wealth creation, sustainable tariffs as well as safeguarding the environment, and as well play a vital role in the Government’s flagship projects such as the “Öne District, One Factory” and “Planting for Food and Jobs”.

Stressing on the Planting for Food and Jobs Policy, he said, the country could achieve low production cost through the promotion and mass deployment of solar and wind power water pumps to irrigate farms, which would guarantee all-year-round farming, increase incomes for farmers and all other stakeholders in the food production chain.

Whereas in food processing and post-harvest management, he said, using renewable energy solution would improve the socio-economic wellbeing of farmers.

Saying, Government would provide incentives to businesses or investors that would venture into the production of renewable energy solutions to accelerate socio-economic development. And Government would also process the organic waste into renewable energy sources, as a way of ridding the country of bad sanitation, through the collaborative efforts of the private sector in accomplishing these objectives.

“The Ministry of Energy is ready to collaborate with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the Ghana Irrigation Development Authority, and others in the use of renewable energy solution in their irrigation schemes and areas removed from the national electricity grid,” he reiterated.

By:Sammy Adjei/Newsghana.com.gh

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