Ghana begins work on Africa’s largest solar power installation

Community Renewable Energy believes that renewables can transform the lives of millions of people. Power Africa has enabled six nations (Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Tanzania) to expand their infrastructure and invest in rural electrification. The latest news from Ghana…

This spring, Ghana began work on the Nzema solar installation, which, upon completion, will:

  • be the largest  on the continent and the sixth-largest in the world
  • contain 630,000 PV panels
  • help Ghana’s achieve its goal to derive 10% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020
  • begin operating next year
  • provide clean energy for 20+ years
  • support hundreds of green sector jobs
  • offset 5.5 million tons of CO2
  • provide $100 million in taxes
  • bolster Ghana’s power generation capacity by 6%

Community Renewable Energy believes that while utility-grade developments are essential, micro-grids may hold the key to ensuring that all Ghanaians– including those in rural communities– have access to renewables.

Last week, we shared other solar power news out of Ghana, including plan to add a 40-megawatt solar installation and solar-powered traffic lights that will make  roads safer. Citizens are understandably sick of frequent power outages, which solar power can alleviate.

Spy Ghana writes:

The government’s major energy policy now is to achieve universal access to electric power by 2020. It has, therefore, planned to increase the total electricity production to 5,000 megawatts by that time. There is therefore the need for the government to look for other sources of generating power besides hydro and gas. To fill the 3,000 megawatts demand, the government is encouraging the private sector to enter into partnership with the public sector in the generation of more power to satisfy the ever-increasing demand.

Check back here for more news on Ghana’s progress, rural electrification, and Power Africa.

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