Minister for Energy, Boakye Agyarko
Minister for Energy, Boakye Agyarko, is hopeful that within the next 18months, 50 megawatts of solar power will be added to the national grid to augment country’s energy delivery.
Speaking to B&FT after the signing of Memorandum of Understanding on renewable energy between the government and ENI Ghana, Mr. Agyarko said: “We are looking at an 18months development and delivery timelines but it will all depend on a number of factors within their control; but, our expectation is that if all go on well within 18months we should be able to start loading power from the solar systems through the same switchyard as Bui Power Authority’s Hydro onto the national grid.”
The Bui Power Authority, he said, has completed its switch yard to evacuate the full additional 250 megawatt to come online.
“What has not happened yet is ENI and Bui Power Authority sitting down and looking at the engineering of the solar portion and the development of the farm; that is something we have to leave to both sides to work out diligently. But within 18 months these engineering solutions and delivery are possible.”
Mr. Agyarko explained that government is playing a facilitating role with the construction of the solar system, since the project is entirely an ENI project.
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