The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bui Power Authority, Samuel Kofi Dzamesi has invited investors to partner with the Authority in its quest to maximize renewable energy generation in the country.
Speaking alongside the COP 26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Mr. Dzamesi said Ghana is limitless in solar power generation so BPA’s doors are opened to interested parties in renewable power generation including wind, geothermal and nuclear power.
“Because of this conference and the fact that we want to go more into renewables, we’ve opened up and are telling people to come to us. If you come and you have the money to support, we cooperate and then we’ll be able to build more solar plants,” he said.
According to him, Ghana has planned to do away with thermal plants. “We don’t want to burn coal, gas and fuel but solar and hydroelectric power generation.”
He said BPA had been given the mandate to construct solar plants at all Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCO) sub-stations across the country to feed onto the national grid, hence the call for investor partnership.
On financial security of investors, Mr Dzamesi stated that the BPA had kept its integrity by honouring their obligation of the bargain in the first 50MW hydroelectric power which impressed the investor to woo other investors for another 100MW project.
Regarding solar, the BPA is constructing 250MW with 50MW already completed and connected to the national grid while the remaining 200MW is still under construction.
Aside from this in the Bui enclave, 1MW floating solar has also been installed on the Bui reservoir where more power can still be generated from the huge reservoir.
On hydro, Mr Dzamesi said the three biggest rivers in the Western Region of Ghana-Rivers Pra, Ankobra and Tano-have been ceded to the BPA for hydroelectric power generation.
He further disclosed that consultancy processes have begun to generate power using the run-on-the-river technique to get more hydroelectric power from those rivers.
“We have the hydro plants but that does not limit us from getting other hydro plants,” the BPA CEO stated.