Ghana has initiated ambitious plans to construct one of what would become the largest solar farms in Africa. The farm is set to be in operation by March 2019.
According to Salma Okonkwo CEO of UBI Group (Petroleum Company in Ghana and West Africa) the development of the project, christened ‘Blue Power Energy’, would produce 100MW of energy to support industrialization and development in the country.
Blue Power Energy’s goal is to feed the national grid (electricity transmission network) with electricity from 100% renewable energy, making cities more sustainable, eradicating poverty and hunger, combating climate change and improving health and education while protecting the world’s oceans and forest.
The company is developing large-scale solar PV farms in Northern Ghana to provide electricity and power to 60% of the total land area in Ghana.
A large-scale PV farm is the first utility-scale solar energy project in Bolgatanga in northern Uganda. It is currently generating enough electricity for 50,000 homes.