Ghana to integrate renewable energy sources to national grid by 2020 Ghana to integrate renewable energy sources to national grid by 2020
Ghana will soon explore renewable energy sources available to integrate into the national grid to increase install capacity of the country to meet  increasing... Ghana to integrate renewable energy sources to national grid by 2020

Ghana will soon explore renewable energy sources available to integrate into the national grid to increase install capacity of the country to meet  increasing energy demand.

The power generation mix of Ghana is therefore  expected to include 10 percent of renewable energy sources by 2020.
According to the Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, Professor Frimpong Boateng, his Ministry is committed to introducing  varied sources of renewable energy during his tenure.
“it’s the governments commitment to increase the percentage of alternative energy. For now I think we have the technology to harness wind energy, solar energy and biogas into the national grid.”
The Minister said this during a SWITCH Africa green national networking forum in Accra.

 

The sustainable development goal enjoins countries to provide clean,affordable and reliable energy as well as universal electricity access by 2030 to accelerate inclusive development .Even though Ghana has achieved 80% coverage of electricity,the country is faced with debilitating power supply due to over reliance on Hydro-energy generation which has been affected by Climate Change hence unable to produce power in full capacity.

Ghana has not tapped the abundant renewable  sources of energy across the country.The World Bank and the European Union (EU) have both embarked on several lending options over four decades to support Ghana’s power sector.

The Wholesale Power Reliability Assessment report in 2010, estimated that Ghana loses between 2 and 6 percent of GDP annually due to inadequate and unreliable power supply; hence the need to diversify the energy mix. The country has faced severe power crises over  a  decade ,as  a result  the 2017 Budget proposed reduction of taxes to facilitate the acquisition and use of green energy.

SWITCH Africa Green Project, developed and funded by the European Union is aimed at supporting African countries in their transition to an inclusive green economy. Apart from various energy sources, locally manufactured green technologies were display at the forum.

Source:enaghana.com

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