• Tue. Jun 28th, 2022

Renewable energy: Government targets 10% penetration by 2030

The government, through the Ministry of Energy, expects a major increase in the use of renewable energy sources in order to meet UN Sustainable Development Goal 7 by 2030.

In order to strengthen Ghana’s energy security, the Ministry aims to utilize 10% of the country’s renewable energy resources.

William Owuraku Aidoo, the Deputy Minister of Energy, stated that the Ministry is working to fully harness and integrate renewable energy into Ghana’s electrical mix.

He made the remarks at the ceremonial commissioning of a 400-kilowatt hybrid waste-to-energy generating plant in the Ashanti region’s Gyankobaa.

“As part of its efforts to build a national energy transition action plan, the Ministry of Energy is conducting a nationwide consultation.”

“Even though Ghana has many renewable energy resources such as solar, hydro, and wind, the ministry is still working to develop them, with a goal of achieving 10% renewable energy penetration by 2030,” he stated.

Through research and capacity building, the hybrid waste-to-energy facility aims to create solutions for waste segregation and subsequent conversion to energy.

Some postgraduate students at the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) are receiving research training as part of the effort to develop high-level local knowledge for the defined goal.

Professor Elvis Asare-Bediako, the University’s Vice Chancellor, is ecstatic about their contribution to Ghana’s transition from traditional hydroelectricity to renewable energy sources.

“Through this project, the University intends to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and assist in the resolution of critical economic development difficulties in the country.”

“Some overseas universities are training the students to turn agricultural waste to energy,” he stated.

A Resource Description Framework (RDF) facility, carbon dioxide gas capture, a direct biogas steam reformation plant, and a methanation plant are all part of the project, which is still under construction.

Dr. Edward Awafo, a lecturer at the UENR Department of Agricultural and Bioresources, said the facility will help reduce the quantities of environmental garbage, particularly plastics.

“A lot of waste is generated, including plastics and organics, and we need to discover sustainable solutions to manage this waste.” This hybrid plant was built to recover energy from various resources and to manage waste in a sustainable manner.

“The municipal solid waste will be turned to energy in three key lines: hybrid biogas, pyrolysis, and solar PV,” he explained.

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