Ghana’s Renewable Energy Master Plan, an investment-focused framework for the development and promotion of the country’s rich renewable energy resources to propel economic growth, improve social life and reduce climate change effects, is to be presented to Parliament soon.
The plan presented to the Ministry of Energy by the Energy Commission in Accra yesterday, is expected to help the country achieve the following targets by 2030:
- increase the penetration of renewable energy in the national energy generation mix from the 2015 baseline of 42.5 MW to 1363.63 MW (with grid connected systems totalling 1094.63 MW);
- reduce the dependence on biomass as main fuel for thermal energy applications;
- provide renewable energy-based decentralized electrification options in 1,000 off-grid communities; and
- promote local content and local participation in the renewable energy industry.
“Ministry would make all efforts to facilitate the presentation of the plan to Parliament for approval to secure the country’s commitment for its implementation in the long term,” said Deputy Minister of Energy in charge of Power, William Owuraku Aidoo.
The plan was developed by a technical team from the Ministry of Energy, Energy Commission, National Development Planning Commission, Academia and chaired by Wisdom Ahiataku-Togobo, Director of Renewable and Alternate Energy at the Ministry, with technical and financial support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Ms. Gita Welch, the acting Resident Representative of UNDP observed that though Ghana has made significant efforts to put in place the enabling environment to scale up investments in the renewable energy sector, the Master Plan offers the country the opportunity to put in place the necessary implementation framework towards the promotion of the renewable energy sector.
“The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) particularly SDG 7 aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable, and modern energy for all by 2030. The Renewable Energy Master Plan is a blue print and its implementation is critical for the achievement of the SDG 7 in Ghana”, noted Ms. Welch.
The development of the Renewable Energy Master Plan forms part of a broader set of initiatives under the Danish Government funded project dubbed “China-Ghana South-South Cooperation Renewable Energy Technology Transfer”.
The initiative is a collaboration between the Government of Ghana represented by the Energy Commission, the Ministry of Science and Technology in China and the UNDP Country Offices in Accra and in Beijing, which is promoting renewable energy technologies in Ghana with emphasis on private sector development and inclusion.