President Cuts Sod for the Construction of 17MW Solar Power Project In Lawra-Kaleo
President of the Republic of Ghana in West Africa, H.E Nana Akufo-Addo is expected to cut the sod for the construction of a 4MW and 13WM solar power project in Lawra and Kaleo townships respectively in the Upper West Region on Tuesday.
The Lawra project would be expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2020 while that of Kaleo would be completed in the fourth quarter of 2020. The solar power project is being designed by leading Ghana’s power generation company, Volta River Authority (VRA).
The 17MWp solar power project to be undertaken by Elecnor S.A. from Spain with Tractebel Engineering of Germany acting as Project Consultant would be funded by KfW, a German Development Bank, through a Loan Agreement between the Government of Germany represented by KfW and Government of Ghana, represented by the Ministry of Finance and the VRA for a facility of 22.8 Million Euros.
Upon completion, the project is expected to increase power generation capacity by 17MWp, (25GWh/year), reduce VRA’s carbon footprint by increasing non-fossil fuel generation, stabilize the voltage levels and power supply in the Upper West region and provide additional power for the consumption of 32,200 households (estimated annual average consumption per household of 976kWh).
President Akufo-Addo will be joined by the Minister for Energy John-Peter Amewu, Director for Renewables and Alternative Energies Mr. Wisdom Ahiataku-Togobo, Chief Director of the Ministry of Energy Mr. Lawrence Apaalse, Director for Power Distribution at the Ministry of Energy Ing. Chris Anaglo, Chief Executive Officer of Volta River Authority Ing. Emmanuel Antwi Darkwa and German Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Christoph Retzlaff.