The Volta River Authority (VRA) has completed its 13MWp Kaleo Solar Power Plant Project as part of government’s power expansion project in the Upper West Region.
The project will boost VRA’s power generation capacity, and reduce its carbon footprint by increasing non-fossil fuel generation.
Commissioning the Kaleo Solar Power Plant, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, said the project is the first phase of what will eventually be a 28MWp plant at Kaleo.
He reiterated government’s commitment to diversify the country’s energy generation portfolio, and increase the nation’s renewable energy generation mix.
The President indicated that the Kaleo solar plant, along with other ongoing interventions in the area of energy efficiency, including the use of natural gas for thermal generation, adoption of cleaner cooking solutions, and de-carbonisation of oil production, is helping Ghana to accelerate the attainment of her Nationally Determined Contributions, as presented at COP26 in Glasgow, in the United Kingdom.
“The Solar project has a dedicated transmission line that evacuates power from the current and future solar capacity at Kaleo to the GRIDCo substation at Wa,” he said.
“The completion of the Kaleo Solar Power Plant is consistent with Ghana’s Nationally Determined Contributions to addressing the effects of climate change.”
According to the President, “The Kaleo Solar Power Plant Project will provide several benefits, such as increasing the geographic spread of power generation assets; improving the resilience of the national power system; stabilising voltage levels and reliability of power supply in the Upper West Region; and, ultimately, reducing the nation’s carbon footprint”, he said
The President further stated that the construction of another 15MW Solar
p Plant to give the project a total of 28MWp will create further employment opportunities for the indigenes of the Upper West region.
On his part, the Board Chairman of Volta River Authority (VRA), Kofi Tutu Agyare, said, “This project, will increase Ghana and VRA’s Generation capacity by 13MWp, diversify VRA’s generation portfolio by adding more Renewable Energy Generation and improve the quality of power supply in the Upper West Region.
He added “It will also help reduce the national carbon emissions by displacing energy that gas-fired thermal plants would otherwise generate (estimated at 3,400 tons of CO2) per annum.
He assured the Technical Universities in the Northern part of the country that VRA is prepared to open its doors to the students to undertake practical training at the Plant site”.
He was upbeat that the Solar Plant at Kaleo is sufficient to meet a significant portion of the electricity demand in the Upper West Region.
Mr Tutu Agyare promised Ghanaians that the Volta River Authority (VRA) will ensure effective maintenance of the Kaleo Solar Power Plant, as it is the Authority’s custom, so electricity accessibility and reliability will be assured.
“As part of our corporate social responsibility to the community, VRA through the project provided employment for 130 people, 95% of which were from nearby communities. The Kaleo D/A Primary School will also see some rehabilitation work as well as the provision of sanitary facilities for the school.
“The road from the Kaleo community to the Solar Plant was improved and it is also expected that the Power Plant will serve as an attraction for tourists to the Kaleo community”.
In the words of the Board Chairman, “The Volta River Authority has always served as the front-runner in the nation’s electrification agenda. Having successfully operated the first Hydropower Plant in the country for almost 60 years.
“The first Thermal Power Plant in the country for over 25 years and the first Solar Power Plant in the nation for close to ten years, our commitment to delivering the power required for national development has not waned over the years”.
In an interview, the Chief Executive of VRA, Emmanuel Antwi-Darkwa took the opportunity to thank all the stakeholders that had been involved in the project.
“I would like to take the opportunity to communicate our sincere appreciation to everyone who contributed to this success story.”
He further expressed his gratitude to the traditional leaders and people of Kaleo for their continued support.
“I would also like to thank the Traditional leaders and people of Kaleo for showing their support for this project. I assure you that VRA will continue to work hard to add value to your lives”
The Kaleo Solar Power Plant project was executed by Elecnor S.A. from Spain, with Tractebel Engineering of Germany acting as the Project Consultant.
The project was funded by KfW, a German Development Bank, through a Loan Agreement between the German and Ghanaian government.
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