Mr. Kwamena Otu Danquah, the Head of Renewable Energy Promotion, at the Energy Commission, has advised organisations to shift to the solar net metering system, to save them from entering the higher consumption rate bracket.
He explained that net metering was a mechanism that fed the national grid with surplus solar energy from households, while assisting them (households) to save cost, and urged consumers to take advantage of it.
Mr. Danquah was speaking at a two-day solar workshop in Accra, organised by the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) and the Association of Ghana Solar Industries (AGSI), on current initiatives and opportunities in Ghana’s energy sector.
He said the commission in collaboration with the Electricity Company of Ghana, had installed 35 net metering systems at homes in Accra on la pilot basis.
“We are waiting for the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) for the gazette to ensure that the new solar metering system fully takes off in Ghana,” he indicated.
Mr. Danquah said the commission had created the enabling environment for the attainment of renewable energy targets by 2020 in the country.
He said the Energy Commission, in collaboration with the Ghana Standards Authority, would apply the Renewable Energy Act 2011,832 on the importation of renewable energy products, to ensure that they meet high standards and certification.
Mr. Danquah said there was the need for the commission to license all electricians and develop a programme to train technicians to ensure good certification of solar power.
Mr. Emmanuel Aziebor of the SNV, a resource person, urged stakeholders in the solar power industry to come out with substantive business models to convince the microfinance companies to invest in solar energy.
He advised energy experts to help in the training of more technicians for the sector, adding that “We need to train people on solar energy, while considering the local production of the products.”
Mr. Eric Omane Acheampong, the president of AGSI, advised the members to share knowledge and experiences with other experts in the solar energy industry.
Mr. James Robinson, the SNV leader for Energy Sector, Ghana, gave the assurance that the SNV would continue to facilitate the activities of AGSI to sustain and promote solar energy in the country.
The participants toured the newly inaugurated Solar Power Solution manufacturing plant at Kpone, in the Greater Accra Region, to assess the progress of work.