ACCRA: GHANA is turning to solar energy to avert the incessant power crisis. This follows the installation of photovoltaic solar systems to more than 150 schools drawn from 98 districts of the country.
The sole purpose is to ensure power outages do not disturb classes. The project is a conjunction among a Danish firm, dubbed Johs Gram-Hanssen A/S and Ghana Energy Development and Access Project (GEDAP) as well as local independent power producers.
This includes Best Solar and Solar Stand Alone Power Systems and Rechargeable Lanternsave. Although the local energy utility could not reveal the cost of the whole exercise, which is expected to end in March, information gathered by CAJ News Ghana Bureau suggest the World Bank funds the renewable energy solution.
Speaking at a ceremony, a consultant from Asia-Pacific Energy Group, Peter Konings, said renewable energy was ideal for Ghana considering the abundant sun.
“Solar is the future. The World Bank and the government can provide the money and facilities but if you don’t have properly trained technicians, your systems will lack proper maintenance,” Konings said.
Several community people who spoke to CAJ News said they were excited by the latest development.
“Gone are the days when village students could do their home work or studies using candles sometimes experiencing power outages due to erratic electricity supply,” said Morgan Appiah, a village head.
Solar energy is said to be clean, cheap and easy to use.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY