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The Volta River Authority (VRA), the primary electrical energy provider in Ghana, has efficiently commissioned the Kaleo photo voltaic PV energy plant within the Nadowli-Kaleo district, Higher West Area. The 13 MWp photo voltaic plant is the primary part of a proposed 28 MWp photo voltaic facility at Kaleo.
The development of the photo voltaic plant is financed with a €12.39 mortgage from the German Improvement Financial institution (KfW) together with the VRA’s further funding of €8.12 million. VRA will obtain one other funding of €15 million from KfW for the event of the second part of the photo voltaic farm which is scheduled to be accomplished by mid-2023.
Spanish firm Elecnor supplied the EPC service whereas Germany’s Tractebel Engineering acted because the guide for the photo voltaic mission. The output of the brand new plant is related with the grid of the state-owned electrical energy firm, GRIDCo, from a 161 kV substation positioned 15 km away from the power.
The Kaleo photo voltaic plant is developed below VRA’s Renewable Vitality Improvement Program (REDP). Below this initiative, VRA beforehand developed two photo voltaic vegetation within the cities of Navrongo and Lawra, with capacities of two.5 MW and 6.5 MW respectively.
The 13 MWp photo voltaic plant additional expands VRA’s energy technology capability within the nation. The electrical energy firm mentioned energy buy agreements have been signed with a few of its present clients together with Newmont Ghana Ltd.
The brand new photo voltaic plant is inaugurated by Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo. The President mentioned the photo voltaic facility, together with ongoing initiatives on power effectivity, cleaner cooking resolution, use of pure fuel for thermal technology, and decarbonization of oil manufacturing helps the nation attain its Nationally Decided Contributions (NDC) as offered at COP26.
“The mission will increase tourism within the Kaleo neighborhood and supply a vacation spot for academic and technological excursions within the area. It should assist promote the development of science schooling, engineering, and technological actions within the area, and develop the profession alternatives of our youth,” commented Akufo-Addo.
The Kaleo PV plant expands Ghana’s renewable energy technology capability whereas enhancing the standard of electrical energy provide within the Higher West Area. VRA additionally expects the plant will considerably displace carbon emissions that might have been produced by gas-fired thermal energy vegetation.