Prez Akufo-Addo commissions 13MW Kaleo Solar Plant
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana, on Tuesday commissioned a 13MW Solar Plant at Kaleo in the Nadowli-Kaleo district in the Upper West Region.
The plant, which is the third grid-connected solar project in the country, forms part of the Volta River Authority’s Renewable Energy Development Programme. It was built by Spanish solar company Elecnor for the VRA, with funding from the German Development Bank KFW.
The Kaleo project is anticipated to expand the geographic distribution of power generation assets, thus enhancing the resilience of the national power system, while stabilising voltage levels. It also expected to increase the Upper West Region’s power supply reliability, and ultimately lower the nation’s carbon footprint.
Commissioning the plant, President Akufo-Addo stated that the Kaleo Solar Plant is one of many ongoing projects, in the areas of energy efficiency, use of natural gas for thermal generation, adoption of cleaner cooking solutions, and decarbonisation of oil production, These, he said, form part of government’s efforts to accelerate the achievement of Ghana’s Nationally Determined Contributions to address the effects of climate change as presented at COP26 in Glasgow.
“The Akufo-Addo Government has invested heavily in the electricity transmission network, which will enable us evacuate more renewable energy through the national grid, to support the extension of electricity to all parts of Ghana. For this reason, Kaleo has a dedicated transmission line that evacuates power from the current and future solar capacity at Kaleo to the GRIDCo substation at Wa,” the President explained.
He added that at peak sun hours, the Kaleo and Lawra plants can meet the entire load at Wa and its environs. “This can make Wa the greenest city in Ghana,” he said.
With the exception of the Bui Hydro power plant, almost all generation assets have been concentrated in the middle and southern parts of the country since 1961. For which reason government has taken the initiative, “as part of our development trajectory, to bring some of these sources closer to the North, thereby opening up additional opportunities in our regional development journey”.
Kofi Tutu Agyare, Board Chairman of VRA, said the Authority ensured the plant’s installation in spite various challenges. He noted that government’s continued support has yielded the release of an additional funding of 15 million euros from the KFW. This, he said, “will be used for the construction of another 15MW Solar Power Plant here in Kaleo. The second phase of this project is expected to be completed in mid-2023.”
Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam, Deputy Minister of Energy, indicated that the project will help to reduce greenhouse emissions by over 30,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year, thus bringing the total installed RE capacity of the country to 151MWP. This makes Ghana West Africa’s leading country in Modern RE Deployment.
The Deputy Minister noted that by the end of 2023, Ghana’s RE capacity will reach about 300MWP, which is in line with Ghana’s RE master plan.
“Our goal for the power sector is to ensure that by the year 2030, we will have an installed capacity of at least 1350MWP of modern Renewable Energy,” he added.
According to him, the Ministry has “planned and structured deployment of RE projects in strategic parts of the country like Kaleo.” This, he said, is in line with their commitment to deliver affordable and reliable electricity.
“The energy ministry under Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh will ensure that most of the new projects like this one are positioned geographically to improve electricity access and reliability across the country, provide jobs and bring the engineering practice and technology closer to the doorstep of every Ghanaian,” he stressed.
Others dignitaries present at the ceremony were Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih, the Upper West Regional Minister; Ing. Emmanuel Antwi-Darkwa, the Chief Executive of VRA; Ambassador. Javier Gutiérrez, Spanish Ambassador to Ghana; and Ambassador Daniel Krull, German Ambassador to Ghana.
Source: Energy Ghana