SADA Solar Plant To Provide 40 Megawatts Of Energy — CEO

Mr Charles Abugri,acting Chief Executive SADAConstruction of a 40 megawatt solar energy  plant is under way at Pigu, in the Northern Region.The project, dubbed: ‘SADA solar Giga’ is a joint venture between the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority and Germany-China initiative and is expected to come on stream in September, this year.

The acting Chief Executive Officer of SADA, Mr. Charles Akelyira Abugre, who announced this at a news conference in Accra said when completed, the $ 120 million project would add up to the national electricity grid.

Mr. Abugre said the project, which is being financed by the International Finance Cooperation and other foreign partners, was one of the numerous initiatives of SADA in the quest of fulfilling the mandate of the authority to bridge the gap between savannah ecological zones and other parts of the country.

He said apart from the project bringing development to the people in the area, it would enhance energy efficiency and create jobs for 500 people.

Besides the project, Mr. Abugre said the authority, in collaboration with the Irrigation Development Authority, was constructing a mini-hydro dam in the Upper West Region to ‘feed’ all- round farming in the area.

SADA, he said, was formed to solve all national issues and not district or ethnic matters adding that it had been the dream of every government from the regime of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah to improve on the developmental needs of those ecological areas.

The acting Chief Executive Officer said it was the responsibility of all to ensure the development of the nation saying, if ecological system expands, it would boost business, increase productivity and create jobs for all.

He noted that the Ghana Statistical Service gave 25 years lifespan for the SADA project saying that called for the need to win more investors both local and abroad to manage and transform the sector.

On the alleged malfeasance at SADA which led to the termination of the first board, Mr. Abugre said a thorough audit was expected to make accountability transparent and assured that the media would be briefed on the outcome of the scrutiny.

He said any intractable element of the authority’s underdevelopment affects not only those in the savannah zones but the country as a whole.

Mr. Abugre stated that SADA was established with public funds, that is tax payers’ money and there was the need for them to know the development and advancement of the authority.

The acting Chief Executive said the authority was established to facilitate, catalyse, coordinate, strategise and invest to address the structural issues that underpin the Savannah ecological zone.

By Francis Asamoah Tuffour & Sandra AkIikpe-Osei 

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