Ghana will continue to work to increase its renewable energy resources in the national grid to fast-track socioeconomic development, the country’s Minister for Energy, John-Peter Amewu has said.
According to him, the Energy Ministry is working with the country’s leading power generation company, Volta River Authority (VRA) to ensure that Ghana builds enough capacity in the area of clean and renewable energy to complement the country’s hydro dams.
The Minister said this during a sod cutting ceremony to start a 17MW solar power project in Kaleo in the Upper West Region, Ghana.
“The 4MWp capacity will be connected to the 34.5kV distribution network at Lawra and the 13MW capacity will be connected to the 161kV transmission system at the GRIDCo substation at Wa. I am happy to mention that the 17MWp solar power project is the perfect complement to the hydro dams at Akosombo and Kpong,” said Amewu, the Minister.
He explained that the project culminated many studies on grid impact assessment and others which have resulted in realising this objective.
“These will enable these dams (Akosombo and Kpong) to store water during the day so as to supply power to the people of Ghana during the evening, when the grid sees its highest peak,” the Energy Minister said.