President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has inaugurated the Volta River Authority’s thirteen megawatt (13MW) Solar Power Project in Kaleo in the Upper West Region.
President Akufo-Addo explained that was the first phase of what will, eventually, be a twenty-eight-megawatt (28MW) plant at Kaleo, and reiterated Government’s commitment to diversifying further the country’s energy generation portfolio, and increasing the nation’s renewable energy generation mix.
The President indicated that the Kaleo Solar Plant, along with on-going interventions in the area of energy efficiency, use of natural gas for thermal generation, adoption of cleaner cooking solutions, decarbonisation of oil production, amongst others, is helping Ghana accelerate the attainment of her Nationally Determined Contributions, as presented at COP26 in Glasgow, in the United Kingdom.
“The Akufo-Addo Government has invested heavily in the electricity transmission network, which will enable us evacuate more renewable energy through the national grid, to support the extension of electricity to all parts of Ghana. For this reason, Kaleo has a dedicated transmission line that evacuates power from the current and future solar capacity at Kaleo to the GRIDCo substation at Wa,” he said.
“At peak sun hours, the Kaleo and Lawra plants can meet the entire load at Wa and its environs. This can make Wa the greenest city in Ghana. The completion of the Kaleo Solar Power Plant is consistent with Ghana’s Nationally Determined Contributions to addressing the effects of climate change.” he added.
Snce 1961, when the nation started commercial production of electricity, almost all the generation assets, with the exception of the Bui Hydro power plant, have been located in the middle and southern parts of the country.
The president cut the sod for the Kaleo Solar Plant in February, 2020.
SOURCE : theGhanaianVoice