Cocoa sourcing and processing company Cargill Ghana has officially inaugurated a 565KW solar plant, as part of its environmental safety agenda.
The solar plant, sited at the company’s Tema factory, was commissioned by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo yesterday and is expected to help Cargill become power sufficient.
President Akufo Addo lauded Cargill for the initiative and said the move to host solar powered energy was in line with government’s agenda to find alternative means of power to support industrial production, especially in the cocoa sector.
“I am happy about this facility. One of our major challenges in the industrial sector relates to power and I am always excited about initiatives geared towards renewable and alternative energy. We are committed to supporting such initiatives and as you know, my government’s main focus is you; the private sector. I congratulate you for this and wish that it will serve the purpose for which we have commissioned it,” he added.
Cargill’s Managing Director, Pieter Reichert, said the 565KWp Solar Plant is part of Cargill’s effort towards entrenching environmentally-friendly ways of generating power in the cocoa sector.
He pledged Cargill’s continued support towards a sustainable cocoa industry in Ghana, saying: “We strongly believe that this project represents our (both government and private sector) collective efforts at enhancing industrial production in the cocoa sector through safe, responsible, sustainable, energy-efficient means.”
The PV Solar system was designed, supplied and installed by Dutch & Co. Limited. It has a capacity of 764MWh of electricity annually to augment energy needs at the Tema Free Zone Enclave and boost Ghana’s renewable energy portfolio.
It is also a fully automated digital system. The performance of the installation is measured and can be monitored via a smart phone, tablets, Laptop and PC’s.