Ghana to increase renewable energy efficiency

By
Samira Larbie/Abena Sika Otchere, GNA

Accra, Sept.12, GNA
– Mr Joseph Cudjoe, the Deputy Minister of Energy, has launched an Energy
Service Centre to provide efficient and independent advisory services to the
industry sector.

The Centre, which
is an initiative of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) would serve as an
information hub, project assistance and market linkages relating to renewable
energy and energy efficiency (RE/EE).

It would be
assisted with technical and financial support from the German Development
Cooperation through the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit
(GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation
and Development (BMZ).

The Centre would
undertake knowledge transfer, public education, general energy consultation,
technical advisory, project implementation assistance and financial advisory
services on renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The event was on
the theme: “Sustainable Energy for Global Competitiveness.”

Mr Cudjoe commended
the AGI and the GIZ for their foresight and focus to the development of the
private sector.

He said both the
government and private sector were working to achieve one common goal to drive
Ghana’s industrial development by ensuring that the Ministry achieve
competitive in the electricity crisis.

This is to ensure
availability and reliability to improve energy supply.

He urged the AGI to
play a major role in ensuring sustainable energy supply to drive Ghana’s
industrial development and assured stakeholders of government support in the
promotion of the renewable energy sector.

Mr Charles Darku,
the Vice President of AGI, speaking at the event said observations made by the
AGI showed that Ghana’s electricity crisis of the past two decades affected
economic development and led to the collapse of many small and medium-sized
industries across the country.   

He said although
self-supply of electricity and heat using renewable as well as energy
efficiency solutions was an economical option, the market for such investments
in Ghana was still at the early stages of development.

However, problems
such as lack of adequate financing, insufficient regulations and inadequate
capacity hindered the private sector’s adoption of renewable energy and energy
efficiency solutions hence, the need for an independent broker to spearhead the
sector’s development.

Mr Christoph
Retzlaff, the German Ambassador to Ghana, pledged the German government’s
support to Ghana for the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency
solutions.

He said the sector
was complemented by the Technical Education and Vocational Training (TVET) in
the sector under the over G20 Compact with Africa and the bilateral reform
partnership between the two countries.

Mr Retzlaff said
the partnership was to promote Public Private Partnerships (PPP) and Germany
had so far committed over 170 million euros to RE/EE.

He said the
bilateral ‘Market Entry’ into renewable energy and energy efficiency for the
productive sector in Ghana and TVET training implemented by GIZ, was developing
amongst other things to promote market development for renewable energy and
energy efficiency solutions.

“Investment support
for large electricity consumers, business strategies for electricity suppliers
and demand oriented vocational qualification for renewal energy and energy
solutions in the country,” he said.

He urged AGI to
ensure the Centre would enhance the renewable energy and energy efficiency in
the country.

Dr Alfred K.Ofosu
Ahenkorah, the Executive Secretary Energy Commission, said it was a major
contributory factor to economic growth and therefore assured stakeholders of
the commission’s commitment to the improvement of regulatory and framework
conditions to ensure the development of the renewable energy sector.

Ms Priscila
Madjitey, the Technical Advisor, RE/EE GIZ, added that with Ghana’s objective
to achieve 10 per cent renewable energy component in the national energy mix by
2030 there was the need to make renewable energy and energy efficiency
solutions available and accessible to industrial and domestic users with the
financial and expertise support. 

GNA

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