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Published on March 10th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


Ghana Solar Power Plants Would Amount To 28% Increase In Ghana’s Electricity Generation Capacity, + Thousands Of Jobs

March 10th, 2014 by  

solar panel ghana

Image Credit: Sustainable Equities Group

We recently covered some big solar power plans for Ghana here on CleanTechnica. Right after that, I got an email from the COO of one of the companies involved in these plans, which included a first look at a press release from the company and some related pictures. Much of what was in there was already covered in the article linked above (and embedded below), but there were a couple of cool new nuggets in there that I wanted to make sure we shared. For one:

Ghana’s current energy generating capacity is 2,100MW and ISU Ghana will add an additional 28% to Ghana’s national grid upon completion.

Wow, that’s impressive. And there are other companies looking to install large solar power plants in Ghana, including what would be the largest in Africa. The Sustainable Equities Group (SEG) press release added:

Ghana is attempting to achieve an electricity generation capacity goal of 5,000MW by 2016. ISU will help Ghana achieve its goal while promoting local economic development.

solar cell ghana

Image Credit: Sustainable Equities Group

Of course, solar is a great, clean source of electricity. But solar power development + a solar panel factory is also a great job creator and economy booster. For the factory, the company anticipates hiring about 300 people for its construction and then about 350 people for year-round manufacturing. For the solar projects, it anticipates hiring 200 for the construction of each park, and about 200 for annual maintenance. The company expects to create “over 2,000 new direct green collar jobs in Ghana alone.”

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Image Credit: Sustainable Equities Group

Aside from the cool facts, I love the pictures. For more info, check out our original post on these projects:

Huge Solar PV Power & Manufacturing Projects Headed To Ghana (via Clean Technica)

The West African nation of Ghana will soon see a significant boost to its solar energy power capacity and its PV manufacturing capacity, according to recent reports from the Ghana News Agency. The plans, put forth by the multinational firm International…

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  • UKGary

    It should be noted that most solar power is generated during business hours and when air conditioning demand is likely to be high, so that the value of each kWh is potentially higher than other sources providing the grid has enough inbuilt flexibility to balance supply and demand.

  • JamesWimberley

    Tut tut. 600 MW of solar farms may add 28% to Ghana’s nameplate generating capacity. But as you very well know, the effective capacity factor of PV solar is no more than 20%, a quarter of fossil and hydro. This is not a criticism of solar but a fact of life.

    • jburt56

      Probably higher there since Ghana is about 7 degrees North.

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