Government Initiates Green Policies to Boost Renewable Energy Sector Growth

His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has officially inaugurated the 15 MW Kaleo Solar Power Plant Phase II, effectively boosting the total capacity of Kaleo to 28 MW.

The 15 MW Kaleo Project in the Upper West Region comprises a comprehensive infrastructure setup, including a fully equipped office building, a rooftop solar installation to power auxiliary loads, medium voltage switchgear for power evacuation, a containerized substation, PV panels, inverters, and transformers.

With a firm commitment to sustainable development, the government is spearheading a comprehensive array of policies aimed at promoting green investments, cultivating energy efficiency practices, and advancing the development of solar, wind, and hydroelectric power projects.

These initiatives stand as pivotal strategies in propelling growth within the nation’s energy sector.

President Akufo Addo, in his address at the commissioning of the Kaleo 15 MW Solar Power Plant, emphasized the transformative impact of investing in renewable energy infrastructure.

He highlighted the dual benefits of securing a reliable electricity source while also fostering economic growth and job creation.

The President underscored the significance of the plant not only in powering homes and businesses but also as a catalyst for development in the Upper West Region.

In alignment with these objectives, the government is implementing a series of policies and measures to incentivize green investments and promote energy efficiency.

President Akufo Addo outlined the prioritization of solar and hydroelectric power projects as key strategies for driving growth in the energy sector.

However, the President’s vision extends beyond energy self-sufficiency as he articulated a broader ambition for Ghana to emerge as a leader in eco-friendly practices within the region.

By setting an example, Ghana aims to inspire neighboring countries to embrace sustainable energy solutions and contribute to a greener, more technology-centric future.

President Akufo-Addo called upon all stakeholders to implement prudent maintenance management practices to ensure the effective and sustainable operation of the solar plant to enable it to fulfill its intended purpose of providing clean and reliable energy to the region.

The Deputy Minister of Energy, Hon. Herbert Krapa highlighted the significance of the commissioning of the 15 MW Kaleo Solar Power Plant, emphasizing its role in advancing renewable energy goals.

With current renewable energy contributions set to increase from 2.5% to 10% by 2030, the swift implementation of this initiative aims to push that figure to 20%.

Leveraging the foundation laid by the existing 10 MW plan, the deputy Minister said his ministry is committed to accelerating the transition towards cleaner fuel sources.

Through collaboration with UN Sustainable for all, the Deputy Minister said a national energy transition framework has been developed to guide strategic investments in sustainable energy infrastructure.

Hon. Herbert Krapa added that the commissioning of the project marks a pivotal step toward a more sustainable and resilient energy future

Management of Jamiat Al-Hidaya Islamic Girls SHS Expresses Gratitude to UWR Minister for Fence Wall Project

In a gesture of gratitude, the management of Jamiat Al-Hidaya Islamic Girls Senior High School paid a courtesy call to the Upper West Regional Minister to express their appreciation for his instrumental role in securing the fence wall project for the school.

The purpose of the visit was to acknowledge the minister’s efforts and extend gratitude for his continues support to the school.

During the meeting, the Upper West Regional Minister expressed relief upon receiving positive feedback from the school management regarding the fence wall project.

The minister provided a detailed account of the initial steps taken to facilitate the awarding of the fence wall project.

He explained that the process began by commissioning a consultant to mark the site, a crucial task that received financial support from the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC).

Despite encountering a setback when seeking support from the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFUND), as their focus was on constructing dormitories and classrooms for Senior High Schools due to the free SHS program, the minister remained undeterred.

He recounts how he sent his Public Relations Officer and Personal Assistant to the school to make some video documentary about the school which he reached out to the Turkish and Palestinian embassies, appealing for assistance through the video presentations.

Furthermore, the minister acknowledged the significance of the endorsement from the Wa Naa in his efforts to gain the attention of the President or Vice President on the project.

During a visit by the President to Wa, both the minister and the Wa Naa emphasized the urgent need for a fence wall at Jamiat Islamic Girls, underscoring the necessity for immediate action.

In response to their appeals, the President immediately directed the Zongo Development Fund to provide the necessary support for the construction of the fence wall, although the project was initially excluded from their annual budget.

Demonstrating his commitment to the cause, the minister ensured that the contract was awarded to a capable and competent contractor.

On his part, the Board Chairperson of Jamiat Al-Hidaya Islamic Girls SHS, Hajia Fusata Hamidu, emphasized the school’s dedication to delivering quality education to girls.

She expressed gratitude to the President, minister and the Wa Naa for their support in fulfilling the school’s request for a fence wall.

The Board chairperson highlighted the significance of providing a secure environment for the girls and acknowledged the positive impact the fence wall would have on their education.

The Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) Chairman of the school took the opportunity to thank the minister for selecting a reputable contractor who demonstrated seriousness and commitment to the project and that work was progressing at a faster rate than expected.

Moreover, he took the chance to advocate for the installation of street lights, which would enhance the safety and security of the school community.

The courtesy call provided an avenue for the management of Jamiat Al-Hidaya Islamic Girls to express their heartfelt appreciation to the Upper West Regional Minister for his instrumental role in securing the fence wall project.

Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih reaffirmed his dedication to the educational sector and encouraged the school to approach him with any future concerns or requests.

With the continued support of the minister and other stakeholders, Jamiat Islamic Girls can thrive and provide a conducive environment for the education and empowerment of girls in the region.