The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Kingsford Sumani Bagbin has commended President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the construction of two solar power plants in Kaleo and Lawra in the Upper West Region.
The solar plant is under the seventeen (17) megawatt peak solar power project and is being funded by the German government’s Development Bank, KfW, at a cost of €22.8 million.
It comes on the heels of construction of the Pwalugu Multipurpose Dam and Irrigation Project.
Mr Bagbin who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Nadwoli Kaleo Constituency made the comment when the president visited the area recently.
He welcomed Nana Akufo-Addo on behalf of the chiefs and people of the area and expressed their commitment to the president’s vision to develop the area through the implementation of various projects.
“I want to congratulate His Excellency for and on behalf of our people and to assure him that we are solidly behind the government and any other government that is committed to developing the good people of Ghana,” he said at the sod cutting for the construction of two solar power plants in Kaleo and Lawra.
He added: “I want to take this opportunity not just to welcome His Excellency to the Nadowli-Kaleo Constituency but also on behalf of the people and chiefs of this area to thank him so much for continuing with this project.
His Excellency could have decided not to complete what had been initiated since 2012 which preparation took a long time and is now seeing the light of the day.”
According to President Akufo-Addo, the project reaffirms the commitment of his government to diversify the country’s energy generation portfolio, and help increase the renewable energy component of Ghana’s energy mix as well as contribute to the fight against the effects of climate change.
He stated that the project would “see to the construction of a 13-megawatt peak project in Kaleo and a 4 megawatt peak project in Lawra.
This would help Ghana avoid an estimated seven thousand, four hundred (7,400) tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year, making our country a cleaner place to live in.”
He stated that the project at Lawra was scheduled to be completed in June this year, whilst the one in Kaleo was also scheduled to be completed by December this year.
When finished, both projects would generate enough energy to power some thirty-two thousand (32,000) households, and increase the geographic spread of power generation in the country.