Ghana’s second largest state power generation company and leading renewable energy company Bui Power Authority has signed a cooperation agreement with Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, or German Academic Exchange Service(DAAD) to build the capacity of students pursuing courses in renewable energy in the country.
The agreement will enable students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and University of Energy and Natural Resources to undertake practicals at the Bui Generation Station (BGS).
Commenting Chief Executive Officer of BPA, Mr. Samuel Kofi Dzamesi assured the delegation of the Authority’s commitment to the realization of the Professional Education for Renewable Energy in Ghana (ProREG) project
He expressed BPA’s willingness to impact practical knowledge of the various generating plants, that is, the Hydro and Solar plants whilst also building capacity of the students in respective fields.
The CEO urged the German delegation to provide the needed support by honouring their commitments to ensure the successful completion of the project.
The delegation, on their part, reaffirmed their commitment to the project and showed their gratitude for the good work and services being provided by BPA.
They had the opportunity to inspect BPA’s 30kW rooftop Solar as well as the 1kW wind turbine at the BPA Head Office in Accra.
The Authority also facilitated a visit to the Bui Generating Station, where the grateful delegation also inspected the hydro and solar generating plants at the Bui enclave.
They also visited UENR in Sunyani in the Bono Region and had a closed-door meeting with the institution’s governing council. They also inspected a one million euros Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Environmental Sustainability, a World Bank project.
Prof. Osvaldo Romero Romero, a member of the delegation from the Berlin University of Applied Science, said the partnership is also a way to learn from the stakeholders in Ghana with a good chance to expand their cooperation.
The trained students from UENR and KNUST find their way to BPA, Volta River Authority, and other renewable energy-related institutions, hence the need to get them practical expertise.
“Our active involvement is also to support lecturers who teach these students to have practical and industrial exposure”, Wisdom Ahiataku-Togobo, the Renewable Energy Director at BPA said on behalf of the CEO.
Mr. Ahiataku-Togobo further said, “That is why my CEO, Samuel Kofi Dzamesi, has willingly made available our Bui Generation Station and our Tsatsadu Generation Station in the Volta Region so that students can have the opportunity to have hands-on experience in the various renewable energy plants in the Ghana”.