Government says it is focused on boosting the contribution of renewable power to the country’s energy mix from the current 120 megawatts, which represents about 2.4 percent, to a targeted minimum of 1,000 megawatts, or 10 percent in less than a decade.
“The Bui Power Authority has infrastructure resources to ramp up to 250 megawatts of solar, and an assurance has been made by the ministry to support the authority to reach the full renewable energy potential,” Energy Minister Dr. Mathew Opoku-Prempeh disclosed at the 7th Ghana Renewable Energy Fair in Accra.
He added: “The Bui Power Authority has already completed the installation of more renewable energy solar PV panels at Bui in the Bono Region.”
According to the minister, there is growing interest to decarbonise the planet and limit global warming, a cause which green energy would hugely support.
He indicated that government is working to reposition the nation as a major exporter of reliable and competitive power in the sub-region as it seeks to open up the sector to investments.
This, he said, would rake in foreign exchange earnings, contribute to the regional economic inclusiveness strategy, as well as strengthen energy security and peace in the sub region
Cecilia Dapaah, Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, applauded the Energy Ministry for convening stakeholders in the energy sector to deliberate and brainstorm on matters affecting the industry and to proffer solutions that offer value to sector players and investors.
She advised the Energy Ministry to ensure that the recommendations made at the end of the conference will be implemented in line with government’s effort to develop a sustainable energy economy.
Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, the chairman of the Governing Council of the Energy Commission, said the Ghana Renewable Energy Fair, now in its seventh year, aims at providing a platform for collaboration between the government, the private sector, and civil society for the promotion of renewable energy.
This year’s event was on the theme “Removing Barriers to Renewable Energy Development in Ghana”.