The first 5 MW portion of the large floating power plant was connected to the transmission system of a 404 MW hydropower dam on the Black Volta River.
A new report analyzing 10 solar markets throughout Africa claims that the continent’s PV market could expand from about 5 GW at present to up to 30 GW by the end of the next decade.
The solar plant was built by the local IPP, Meinergy Ghana Ltd in Gomoa Onyaadze, in southern Ghana. The country’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said that further IPP projects will be brought online via competitive bidding, and that solar bids will have to be cheaper.
The funds will be granted by Germany’s KfW and will be used to build two large-scale PV power plant’s in Ghana’s Upper West Region.
Via the International Solar Alliance, the African country may soon have access to a portion of a $10 billion renewable energy credit facility from India, which is the driving force behind the alliance.
The Ghanaian government has resumed plans to promote large-scale solar and wind projects, as well as distributed generation, in order to solve a crisis in Ghana’s power system. Competitive bidding for power capacity procurement will be introduced in the frame of a reviewed Renewable Energy Act.
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