A solar photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturer has declared that solar companies in Ghana are ready to partner with government to meet its proposed solar energy goals.
CEO of Strategic Security Systems, Ofori Boateng, made this statement in response to statements made by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the recent International Solar Alliance forum held in India.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Accra, he said: "As the first solar PV manufacturers in the country, we know the challenges that our industry faces, and we are grateful that President Nana Akufo-Addo has reiterated his commitment to building the domestic capacity in the manufacturing and assembling of solar energy systems in the country.”
He added: “Ghana currently has the best technology for renewable energy and the President's statement is a major boost to the industry.”
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He then revealed that government is planning to install 200,000 solar systems to provide power to households, commercial as well as government facilities in urban and selected non-electrified communities.
Local solar producers
While speaking to the Ghana News Agency, Boateng noted that the global economy is gearing more towards the usage of renewable energy.
Therefore, Ghana also needs to position itself towards that path, adding that the local solar producers are ready to help government achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, which focuses on affordable and clean energy.
Boateng said his company has the capacity and the skills to provide the quantities needed for the industry and that one of the main challenge in the industry is that the materials used for the panels are imported.
"As the first and largest manufacturers of solar PV systems within West Africa and distributors of solar accessories for over 10 years, Strategic Power Solutions (SPS) is willing to work with the government in meeting all of its goals," Boateng added.
He said SPS is currently partnering government to develop the 50MW Solar Hybrid Bui Power Authority Project, which is scheduled to commence before the end of 2018.