Kaleo Solar Project: Gov’t releases 15m euros for Phase 2
Government of Ghana has released 15 million euros to the Volta River Authority (VRA) for construction of the second phase of the Kaleo Solar Power Project, according to Kofi Tutu Agyare, Board Chairman of the Authority.
At the commissioning of the first phase of the project in the Nadowli-Kaleo district of the Upper West region, Mr Agyare appreciated government for its continued support to the Authority, which “has yielded the release of an additional funding of 15 million euros from KFW.”
This amount, he said, will be used for the construction of another 15MW Solar Power Plant in Kaleo, the second phase of the project, which is expected to be completed mid-2023.
President Akufo-Addo, commissioning the project, commended the VRA for their relentlessness toward the project and cooperation with Spanish company Elecnor, the project contractor. He further lauded the German government, and the German Development Bank (KFW) for making the required funds (to the tune of 38 million euros) available for the project.
The 13MW Kaleo Solar Plant forms part of the VRA’s Renewable Energy Development Programme, and is the third grid-connected solar project in the country. Sod cutting for its construction was on 4th February 2020. In that same year, the Lawra Solar Power Plant was commissioned on October 10, 2020.
The Volta River Authority, consequently, assured the Kaleo community that the presence of the facility will end their power supply challenges, with an overall improved power supply in the region.
In addition to that, the Authority announced the opportunity for students of technical universities in the region to learn about solar power generation using VRA’s solar facilities. Under the VRA’s CSR initiative also, the D/A Kaleo Primary School will be rehabilitated, with the provision of sanitation facilities.
Naa Dikomwine Domalae, Daffiama Naa and President of the Upper West Regional House of Chiefs, expressed contentment for the project’s completion, describing it as a ‘game changer’ for the region’s development and was hopeful it would help to limit the north-south drift of his people. He further appreciated traditional rulers and landowners for releasing land for the project.
Source: Energy Ghana