$48m solar power project to augment Bui hydro power in Ghana

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BUI Power Authority (BPA), the managers of the Bui Hydropower Dam project in the Bono Region in Ghana, is constructing a $48 million-dollar solar power project in Ghana to augment its power supply system.

The first phase of the solar development project, which is a 10MW power is set to be completed before the end of next month, while the second phase, a 40MW, is planned to be completed by the end of the year.

Upon completion, the solar farm will add 250Megawatts (MW) of power to the existing 400 MW dam’s production capacity. According to the BPA, expansion works on the dam’s switchyard has already been done to accommodate the additional energy that would be generated from the 297-hectare solar farm.

Peter Acheampong, BPA’s Renewable Energy Manager, indicated as part of the BPA’s achievements within the renewable energy sector, a 1MW floating plant was also under construction on the Bui Reservoir, a project which would be the first of its kind in the West Africa sub-region.

Contribution to the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change

Acheampong noted that the development of solar projects is in line with the government’s National Determined Contribution (NDC) towards the United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) where it strives to adopt innovative and sustainable technologies within the renewable energy sphere to meet its commitment to the agreement.

The government, through the Ministry of Energy, has outlined programmes and policies that would assist in the achievement of the set target of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 13-Climate action.

‘To achieve the set targets, the BPA, leaders in the renewable energy, was given the mandate to develop renewable energy potentials within the Bui Enclave and the Western Rivers,’ Acheampong explained.

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