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24 May 2017

Ghana’s academia turns to rental solar power

In West Africa, the Regional Maritime University (RMU) based in Accra, Ghana, has entered into a seven year contract with REDAVIA for the supply of five rental solar power containers at its campus.

The academic institution selected the rental solar power solutions provider to implement a state-of-the-art solution supplementing the existing power grid and reducing the dependency on diesel generators, the media statement said.

Each container is expected to deliver 87 kWp and comes as a pre-configured, pre-assembled and fully operational solar farm in an easy to deploy ground-mounted, tent-shaped structure.

It will connect into the existing energy infrastructure that currently consists of the national grid and supporting diesel generators.

Rental solar power to reduce electricity tariffs

Vice Chancellor of RMU, Prof Elvis K. Nyarko, said: “We have been dependent on diesel generators to supplement an on-grid connection for our campus and this has doubled the cost of electricity tariffs, putting significant strain on our utility budget.”

"We have now turned to REDAVIA rental solar power to help reduce the cost of the electricity tariffs and provide the best possible university setting for our students at an affordable cost."

Other additional cost benefits are anticipated will stem from net-metering where the solar farm is feeding the electricity surplus back into the national grid. Read more...

Renewable energy institute

The global rental solar power provider said it will also support the introduction and establishment of a new educational track around renewable energy, by setting up a renewable energy institute in collaboration with the RMU in the country. Read more...

The company’s involvement will see ongoing knowledge transfer and staff support to help build the curriculum and practice lab with the aim to educate and prepare African students for engineering jobs in this sector, ensuring an ongoing sustainable development in Ghana.

REDAVIA’s CEO Erwin Spolders, said: "REDAVIA's decision to enter the Ghanaian market is based on an ambitious strategy and vision of long-term involvement in the country with the aim to open a local office, hire a local team and transfer German knowledge and technology to Ghana.”

 

Featured image: SAREC

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