GHANA GETS RENEWABLE ENERGY MASTER PLAN

The Ministry of Energy has received Ghana’s Renewable Energy Master Plan. It is a framework for the development and promotion of Ghana’s renewable energy resources to propel economic growth, improve social life and reduce climate change effect.

The Executive Secretary of Energy Commission, Dr. Alfred Ofosu Ahenkorah, presented the Plan to the Deputy Minister for Energy in charge of Power, William Owuraku Aidoo in Accra.

Mr. Aidoo explained that it formed part of a broader set of initiatives under the Danish Government funded project dubbed: ChinaGhana SouthSouth Cooperation Renewable Energy Technology Transfer.

He indicated that the plan would be presented to Parliament for approval to secure the country’s commitment for its implementation in the long term.

A press release from the UNDP office in Accra said the initiative was achieved through the collaboration between the Energy Commission, the Ministry of Science and Technology in China and the UNDP Country Offices in Accra and Beijing, which is promoting renewable energy technologies in Ghana with emphasis on private sector development.

The acting Resident Representative of UNDP, Ms. Gita Welch, observed that though Ghana had made significant efforts to get an enabling environment to scale up investments in the renewable energy sector, the Master Plan offers the country the opportunity to put in place the necessary implementation framework towards the promotion of the renewable energy sector.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) particularly SDG 7 aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable, and modern energy for all by 2030. The Renewable Energy Master Plan is a blueprint and its implementation is critical for the achievement of the SDG 7 in Ghana, she said.

Mr. Eric AntwiAgyei, Project Coordinator for the UNDP/Energy Commission Renewable Technology Transfer project he highlighted the clear targets and strategies outlined in the plan to increase the renewable energy installed capacity of the country.

Among the strategies, the plan aims to support the private sector through concessional financing and government onlending facilities for renewable energy investments. It will also boost and sustain local assembling and manufacturing of renewable energy technologies, as well as develop legislation to ensure that increased development of renewable energy projects will not affect the environment. In addition, the plan focuses on the integration of renewable energy into the national energy mix to ensure the security of energy supply, ensure a cleaner environment, and help mitigate climate change.

Source: Government of Ghana