Ghana will be commissioning its biggest utility scale solar power park in the Bono Region on Friday, November 27, 2020.
The project is being executed by the West African nation’s second largest state power generation company, Bui Power Authority.
The 50MWp solar power park which, started in February 2020, is the first phase of 250MW solar power plant the Authority intended to construct.
The BPA targeted 10MWp out of the 50MWp for the piloting with the intension of adding on to get the 50MW.
However, energynewsafrica.com understands that the Authority has gone beyond the 10MWp to about 25MW as at Wednesday, November 25, 2020.
Energynewsafrica.com understands that the President of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo was expected to commission the project but due to his heavy schedule this week, he has asked the country’s Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo, to represent him.
Upon commissioning, the facility would be the biggest utility scale solar plant in the country and the West African sub-region.
With the recent commissioning of the VRA’s 6.54MWp solar park at Lawra in the Upper West Region and Bui’s 26MW solar park, Ghana’s total utility scale installed solar capacity now stands at 75MW.
In terms of total renewable energy capacity (both hydro and solar) in the country’s energy mix, Ghana now boasts of about 1,659.14MW.
This comprises Bui Generation Station 400MW + 4MW turbine, Akosombo Dam 1020MW, 160 Kpong Generating Station 160MW, Navrongo Solar Park 2.5MW, Lawra Solar Park 6.54MWp, BXC’s 20MW at Gomoa Onyaadze, Meinergy 20MW and Safisana 0.1MW at Ashaiman.