The flag-bearer of Ghana’s biggest opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has promised to establish a Renewable Energy Commission to spearhead the West African nation’s drive to increase renewable energy into the energy mix if the party is voted to form the next government from January 2021.
The NDC said it would be committed to using renewable ennergy to spearhead socio-economic development.
“The NDC would inculcate climate-friendly, electricity solution for households, remote communities and light industries to drive rapid socio-economic development,” the party’s 2020 Manifesto reads.
The party’s 2020 Manifesto, titled: ‘The People’s Manifesto’, was outdoored last Monday by its flag-bearer and former President, John Dramani Mahama.
“The next NDC government will deliver a golden age of renewables to surpass the ten percent of the energy mix specified in the Rebewable Energy Act by: accelerating the development of grid-connected solar, wind and biomass plants”, he stated.
According to the party, the next NDC government intends to encourage the use of roof-top solar by artisans and small businesses to reduce the over reliance hydro energy in Ghana.
The NDC governement, again, promised to incorporate all new government buildings with solar systems in their designs, cost and implementation.
Ghanaians will be going to the polls on December 7 to elect President and Members of Parliament to steer the affairs of the country for the next four years.
The NDC said should Ghanaians vote for the party to return to power, it would to retrofit existing government buildings, too, with solar systems, provide incentives for investment in the manufacture of solar panels and its accessories in Ghana, including removal of import duties on solar equipment and accessories.
“We will encourage private businesses and public institutions to use solar power, promote the teaching of courses in renewable energy in TVET institutions”, promised the NDC.