Pres inaugurates 20 MW solar power at Gomoa Onyaadze

President Akufo-Addo at the power plant

President Akufo-Addo at the power plant

A new solar power generating facility with the capacity of producing 20 megawatts of power onto the national electricity grid has been inaugurated by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at Gomoa Onyaadze in the Gomoa West District of the Central Region.

 

The facility operated by Mei Energy Ghana, a solar installation company, is to help boost the country’s energy production as it moves into industrialisation and national development.

 

Costing $30 million, the company had 64,400 solar panels installation, 400 smart inverters, laid 15,000 DC cables among others.

 

President Akufo-Addo performed the inaugural ceremony for the official commencement of work for the company on the second day of his four-day tour of the Central region here on Saturday.

 

He was accompanied by the Minister of Energy, Peter Amewu, Minister of Special Development, Mrs Mavis Hawa Koomson, the Central Regional Minister, Kwamena Duncan, Central Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Robert Kutin Jnr, among others.

 

In his address, President Akufo-Addo stated that, the government was in the process of rationalising the contribution of all independent power producers.

 

He explained that majority of a plethora of Independent Power Producer (IPP) agreements signed by the country in the time of the energy crisis were not favourable to the country.

 

The 18 cents per kilowatts of power accepted as the tariff rate, he said, was on the high side as compared to other areas.

 

To help ensure that the state gets a better deal in subsequent IPP agreement, he said, the government had directed that, all such agreements should go through competitive process.

 

The government, President Akufo-Addo said, had prioritised the expansion of environmentally-friendly technologies, saying, “This facility is right within the government priorities.”

 

He further stated the government’s commitment in ensuring that 10 per cent of the nation’s energy was from renewable energy by the year 2020.

 

President Akufo-Addo further stated the need for all products for the manufacturing of solar panels should be produced locally.

 

In view of that, he said, the implementation of the one-district-one-factory would also factor in the production of solar panels for domestic and international markets.

 

President Akufo-Addo, explained that, adequate incentives would be given to companies that be established under the one-district-one-factory to enable such business to operate smoothly.

 

He lauded the company for its efforts to invest in the energy sector in terms of renewable energy.

 

The investment made by the company, President Akufo-Addo, said was in line with government policy of ensuring the use of renewable energy in the nation’s power consumption.

 

Additionally, he said, the country’s quest for the use of renewable energy would help in achieving the tenet of the Paris Agreement of ensuring friendly technology to generate electricity.

 

The Minister of Energy, Peter Amewu, in his address, explained that, the government was committed to ensuring the use of renewable energy.

 

He said that, alternative energy in terms of renewable energy was part of measures to reduce the reliance on thermal and other sources of electricity generation.

 

Mr  Amewu expressed worry about the poor maintenance culture and reiterated the need for Ghanaians to ensure adherence to proper maintenance culture.

 

The Manager in charge of Projects of Mei Energy Ghana, Daniel Azu, in his remarks, expressed the determination of the company to contribute in meeting the nation’s energy demand.

FROM DAVID O. YARBOI-TETTEH, GOMOA ONYAADZE 

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