Investing in renewable energy is the best way to permanently fix the power challenges the country faced, energy expert and retired former electrical engineer, Daniel Azu, has said.
According to him, renewable energy, including solar, generated from the sun, could be fed into the national grid for distribution and consumption during the day, while thermal energy could be an option at night.
Mr. Azu said this in an interview with The Ghanaian Times at Mankoadze in the Gomoa West District, during a tour by a team of journalists of the BXC solar plant, erected by BXC Ghana Ltd.
The $20million solar plant, with a producing capacity of 20MW and currently adding power to the national grid was financed by the Chinese company to improve power supply in the country.
Mr Azu noted that the country was endowed with conditions for solar energy take-off and urged government to turn its attention to renewable energy and create an enabling environment for private businesses to invest in its generation.
Interacting with the media, the Managing Director of BXC Ghana Ltd, Cheng Yi said the solar project was a demonstration of the company’s commitment to make a positive impact in the energy sector.
He said since 2011, BXC had been working with the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) on a project aimed at reducing the distribution system losses and improving the network.
Mr. Yi revealed that BXC Ghana had already finalised plans to invest $560 million in a 378MW thermal power plant in the country adding that the project was to help the country realise the maximum 1800MW needed to stabilise power supply.
Taking the media through the operations of the solar plant, the Project Manager, Luang Ye, said the panels absorb sun energy during the day, which is turned into electrical energy by transformers fixed at the site and later fed into the national grid for distribution.
He noted that the Energy Commission ensures best practices were followed to prevent abuse of the system by all operators in the renewable energy sector.
From Claude Nyarko Adams, Mankoadze