Kpedze SHS wins Energy Commission Renewable Energy Challenge

Kpedze SHS wins Energy Commission Renewable Energy Challenge

The Grand Finale of the 3rd Energy Commission Senior High Schools Renewable Energy Challenge on the theme, “Clean Cooking and Food Processing Using Renewable Energy Technologies,” took place today, October 19, 2022, at the Accra International Conference Centre. The challenge saw 119 schools participating across the 16 regions of Ghana.

Ing. Oscar Amonoo Neizer, Executive Secretary of the Commission, in his welcome address said the challenge, which was born out of the Commission’s mandate under the Renewable Energy Act, 2011 (Act 832), is to promote the development and efficient use of renewable energy resources through public education, training, and regulation of entrepreneurs in the sector.

“The commission intends to support the Ghana Education Service to eliminate the ‘chew, pour, pass and forget’ phenomenon in the education system and promote the practical application of theoretical knowledge,” he explained.

Andrew Kofi Egyapa Mercer, Deputy Minister of Energy, said, “Clean cooking is everyone’s business. Both public and private sector players must identify and fully play their respective roles in the realisation of universal access to clean cooking.”

Massimo Mina, Head of Cooperation of the European Union Ghana, also emphasized the importance of promoting renewable energy and encouraged winners of the challenge to approach various investment entities for funding to optimise their projects.

In a speech read on his behalf by Dr Kwaku Afriyie, Minister for Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo noted that Ghana’s achievement of great potential depends on the future leaders who are currently students. “It is for this reason that I have committed myself and resources to develop these young ones.

“The nature of the economy is heavily dependent on science and technology. It is, therefore, imperative that we take a critical look at the development of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics according to STEM courses in our educational system.”

The President added that the theme for the challenge was selected because Ghana is a leader in the promotion of clean cooking in West Africa. He congratulated all finalists, and instituted the Professor George Panyin Hagan Award for the best team presentation in honour of Professor Hagan. The Yaa Asantewaa Girls SHS won this award.

Kpedze Senior High School, at the end of the challenge, emerged as the winners, with their Solar Dehydrator scoring them 84.3 points. Yaa Asantewaa Girls SHS placed second, Nkoranza SHS 3rd, Bolgatanga Girls SHS 4th, Business SHS 5th, and the Ghana Secondary Technical School coming 6th.

Students of Kpedze Senior High School expressed their gratitude to the Energy Commission and indicated that they will continue to champion the use of clean energy in cooking to save the environment.

The Energy Commission also used the opportunity to launch their 25th anniversary.

Source: Energy Ghana

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