The President of the Republic of Ghana, H. E Nana Akufo-Addo on Saturday, October 10,2020 commissioned a 6.54MWp solar plant in Lawra in the Upper West Region.
The project is the first phase of a 17MW solar power park being constructed by Ghana’s largest power generation company, Volta River Authority (VRA) in the region.
President Akufo-Addo, in February this year, cut the sod for VRA to commence the construction of 13MW and 4MW solar power projects at Kaleo and Lawra respectively.
The original capacity of the Lawra Solar Park was 4MW, but energynewsafrica.com understands there was a technical improvement and this resulted in the enhancement of the capacity without extra cost.
The 13MW, the second phase of the project, has reached an advanced stage.
The solar parks are part of the VRA’s vision to diversify its sources of power into clean and renewable energy generation.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, President Akufo-Addo noted that the project will help to reduce transmission losses on the country’s national grid and improve the reliability of power distribution in Lawra and its environs.
He commended the project contractor, Elecnor S.A from Spain, the consultant, Tractebel Engineering and VRA for delivering the project on schedule despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Among the dignitaries present at the commissioning ceremony are Minister for Energy John-Peter Amewu, Director for Renewable and Alternative Energies at the Ministry of Energy Wisdom Ahiataku-Togobo, Deputy Director for Renewable Energy Seth Mahu, CEO of Ghana Grid Company(GRIDCo) Ing. Jonathan Amoako-Baah, CEO of Volta River Authority Ing. Emmanuel Antwi-Darkwa, Managing Director of Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCo) Dr. Osman Ayuba, Executive Secretary of Energy Commission Rev. Ing. Oscar Amonoo-Neizer, Executive Secretary of Public Utilities Regulatory Commission, Director for System Operations at GRIDCo Mark Baah, Mr. Kweku Andoh Awotwi, board member of VRA. Director for Distribution at the Ministry of Energy Ing. Chris Anaglo and Deputy Director for Materials Ing. Sulemana.
Below are exclusive pictures from the event.