2018 Budget : Gov’t institutions to go Solar 2018 Budget : Gov’t institutions to go Solar
The Government of Ghana has outlined plans to embark on renewable and alternate energy drive in the Country .   As a result ,Government... 2018 Budget : Gov’t institutions to go Solar

The Government of Ghana has outlined plans to embark on renewable and alternate energy drive in the Country .
 
As a result ,Government will from 2018  embark on  an MDA Solar Rooftop Programme dubbed “Government Goes Solar” which will ensure that,government institutions switch to renewable energy  to reduce Government’s expenditure on utilities.
 
 
This was contained in the 2018 budget read in Parliament Wednesday by the Finance Minister ,Ken Ofori -Atta .
 
” In line with the Ministry’s goal of increasing the penetration of renewable energy in the energy mix and the promotion of distributed solar power for government and public buildings, the Ministry will embark on  an MDA Solar Rooftop Programme dubbed “Government Goes Solar” to reduce Government’s expenditure on utilities “.The Minister Said .
 
Debt owed to Electricity Company of Ghana by State Institutions is affecting the balance sheet of the power distributor compelling it to disconnect some of the institutions. The introduction of prepaid meters to State Institutions has also been siphoning expenditure which the ” Government Goes Solar “project seeks to address.
 
 
Ghana’s geographical location around the equatorial sun-belt provides strategic advantage to exploit the abundant Solar Energy resources to fix its energy needs ,however ,the opportunity has not been tapped  putting pressure on the national grid leading to energy challenges .
 
Therefore ,the move by government is envisaged to drive the Solar Energy technology in the country to help wean off pressure from the national grid .
 
 
The Sustainable Development Goals( SDGs) enjoins countries to provide sustainable ,affordable and reliable energy for all by 2030.
 
Source :enaghana.com