The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in the Republic of Ghana, Dr Angela Lusigi, has visited the Bui Power Authority’s Generation Station located within the Bui Enclave in the Savannah and Bono Regions.

She was accompanied by the Communication Officer of UNDP, Praise Nutakor, National Coordinator of Global Environmental Facility (GEF), Dr George Austin and two other UNDP staff.

She visited the hydro generation station where she was conducted around the plant by Benjamin Awuku of the Electrical Maintenance Department.

Dr Lusigi and her entourage also visited the solar PV Power Plant station which is currently generating a 50MW peak onto the national grid and the 1MW floating solar on the Bui reservoir.

The Authority is constructing a 250MW peak and also intends to scale up the floating solar to 5MW.

The Director of Renewable at the BPA, Wisdom Ahiataku-Togobo, and his team also took Dr Lugusi and her entourage around the solar plant and later had closed-door discussions.

Speaking to the press, Dr Angela Lusigi said she was impressed with the level of progress made by the Bui Power Authority in terms of power generation and also initiatives aimed at combating climate change and improving the livelihoods of settlers in the area.

She mentioned that UNDP and BPA have been working together, stating that based on that collaboration, UNDP supported BPA during the construction of the hydropower project as well as the Tsatsadu Mini Hydro Generation Station at Alavanyo Abehenease in the Hohoe Constituency in the Volta Region.

She said her outfit would continue to deepen the collaboration between them and the BPA.

“There are tremendous opportunities to grow renewable energy in Ghana. And definitely what I have seen on the ground shows that there is a diversity of options right from hydro to the solar plant. It’s just amazing to see the installation of the first floating solar on the water,” she said.

She also commended the Authority for its re-afforestation project, saying, “Not only are we looking at energy generation but are also looking at helping the community maintain the resources that are necessary for us to continue to enjoy benefits.”

The Director for Renewable Energy, Wisdom Ahiataku-Togobo who spoke on behalf of the CEO Hon. Samuel Kofi Dzamesi noted that BPA is committed to the deployment of renewable and clean energy systems to help in combating climate change and reduce CO2 emissions in the energy sector.

Wisdom Ahiataku-Togobo, Director for Renewable Energy at Bui Power Authority

He said apart from deploying clean and renewable energy systems, the Authority is also building a good carbon sink by undertaking massive tree planting activities on all degraded lands in the enclave.

Dr Angela Lusigi and her entourage viewing the floating solar on the Bui Reservoir

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