Will Ghana require all homes to include solar power?

Ghana’s Energy Commission is considering combating the nation’s energy crisis by amending building codes to require the integration of solar power. As costs of solar installation continue to drop, will other countries follow its lead?

We at Community Renewable Energy believe in the promise of Power Africa— an initiative designed to help African nations capitalize on their enormous solar power (and renewable) capacity. Recently, we heard about a possible plan to compel real estate developers in Ghana to incorporate clean, reliable, affordable renewable energy into all buildings.

The Energy Commission’s Dr. Alfred Ofosu Ahenkorah stated, “We will be meeting the Real Estate Developers in two weeks to discuss our proposals for amendments of the building code. We started talking about this long ago, indeed this idea was muted in the 80’s by the national energy board then but at the time the cost of the technology was so high and therefore it could not be easily be implement.”

With solar panel costs dropping, now may the be right time to act.

“I remember at one time we contacted the estate developers and really at the time electricity was cheap they were low prices so that people did not really understand,” recalled Ahenkorah. “But now that the call is coming from the masses we will do that. It is nothing new and we support it, in the past the cost was high today it is not.”

Community Renewable EnergyGhana’s power crisis means that inconvenient and often dangerous power outages are common. Considering the nation’s potential as a solar powerhouse, renewable energy just might be the solution.

Currently, the nation is planning to pursue the possibility to implementing public-private partnerships to meet their goal of increasing solar installations across Ghana.

As Ghana considers this progressive, sweeping energy reform, we wonder: How many other nations could benefit from making renewable energy a given for new construction? After all, Germany’s solar dominance has proven that countries don’t need to be bathed ins sunshine year-round to succeed in reducing reliance on traditional forms of electricity.

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