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President Akufo-Addo Commissions 15 MWP Solar Power Plant at Kaleo

The President commended the collective efforts of stakeholders, including the Chiefs and people of the Nadowli-Kaleo traditional area, the German Government, the Volta River Authority (VRA), and project contractors

A 15MWP Solar Power Plant has been commissioned by President Akufo-Addo at Kaleo in the Upper West Region.

Speaking at the ceremony on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, the President reiterated the importance of renewable energy in driving economic growth, mitigating climate change, and ensuring energy security for all citizens.

According to him the commissioning of phase two of the Kaleo Solar Power Plant shows Ghana’s commitment to harnessing clean energy sources and building a sustainable future for generations to come.

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“I expect that, with this project in this community, corporate social responsibility programmes for Kaleo and its environment will be enhanced through the provision of social amenities by the appropriate authorities, including VRA”, he said.

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The President commended the collective efforts of stakeholders, including the Chiefs and people of the Nadowli-Kaleo traditional area, the German Government, the Volta River Authority (VRA), and project contractors, for their invaluable contributions to the successful completion of the project.

He stressed the strategic importance of Kaleo as a hub for renewable energy development, its rich natural resources, the potential to attract investment and spur innovation in the region and stressed his Government’s commitment to incentivizing green investments, promoting energy efficiency, and prioritizing the development of solar, wind, and hydroelectric power projects as key strategies for the nation’s energy sector growth.

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“By investing in renewable energy infrastructure, we are securing a reliable source of electricity and creating new opportunities for economic growth and job creation. This plant will not only power homes and businesses, but also serve as a catalyst for development in the Upper West Region, attracting investment and spurring innovation,” he added

On the country’s energy future, he indicated that his government is on the verge of attaining access to electricity on a full scale. by close of year 2024.

“It is our intention to attain full electricity access by the end of this year, up from the current rate of eighty-eight-point-eight per cent (88.8%),” he added.

The Kaleo Solar Power Plant is estimated to reduce national carbon emissions by nearly 8,917 tonnes, contributing to Ghana’s efforts to combat climate change and fulfil its international commitments. 

In addition, the project will promote practical studies in the development of solar power by the Technical Universities in the northern part of the country.

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