The Jubilee House, Ghana’s seat of Government, is expected to move away from the national grid as plans are far advanced to adopt solar energy in the coming months, ABC News can report.
The decision to go solar follows a successful transition of the Energy Ministry’s power needs to solar.
The development was disclosed by Yaw Osafo Maafo, Senior Minister at the opening of the 5th Renewable Energy Fair and National Energy Symposium.
Senior Minister averred that the successful installation of the solar power at the Energy Ministry has resulted in significant financial gains as the institution has had to spend less to meet their power demands.
Senior Minister mentioned that “We are committed to the promotion of renewable energy in the country. We are in the process of connecting the Jubilee House on solar at the seat of government following a successful connection of the Energy Ministry to solar which has reduced the power intake from the national grid and lessening the economic and financial burden on their activities.”
Yaw Osafo Maafo also announced plans by the government to accelerate processes to ensure that all Municipals, Ministries, Departments, and Agencies have stable sources of power via solar energy to minimise government’s burden of paying for their power demands.
To achieve this, the Senior Minister revealed that the government is seeking financial and technical assistance from donor partners and renewable energy-focused institutions.
“We are also negotiating with our development partners to provide funding support to connect key government facilities including the Ministries, municipalities, departments, and agencies to solar power” he divulged, ABC News can report.
Even though the initial deadline of August may have elapsed, the government is bent on achieving the target it set for itself, when the President read the State of the Nation’s Address in February this year.
The President announced in February that, “To reduce government’s expenditure on utilities, and also promote the use of solar power for government and public buildings, the Ministry of Energy initiated the Solar Rooftop Programme. The Ministry is leading by example with the installation of a 65-kilowatt solar rooftop system at its premises.
“In fact, government’s target is to install up to 200 megawatts of distributed solar power by 2030 in both residential and non-residential facilities in order to reduce Government’s liabilities to ECG.”