Ghana is set to host the largest solar power plant in Africa, the Nzema solar park to be located in the country’s Western Region. The 155MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant project will be done at a cost US$400m, and is expected to improve Ghana’s electricity deficit by a 6% rise on capacity as well as creating hundreds of jobs to Ghanaians and reducing emissions.
The Nzema solar park project is to be fourth biggest of its kind in the world is scheduled for completion by October this year.
The solar power project will involve installation of 630,000 PV modules and it is expected that the plant will generate power to help the country’s desire to increase renewable energy catch to 10% by 2020.
The solar power project, which is expected to cost US$400 million, has been given generation license and a feed-in tariff for 20 years of power generation. Nzema solar power plant will be hooked to the 61 kV West African Power Pool power transmission line, that links Ghana to Ivory Coast, Togo, Benin and Nigeria.
Blue Energy is the company behind the solar power project. Chris Dean,the Chief Executive of the Blue Energy has been quoted in their website as saying that Ghana’s has a forward-thinking strategy that puts it in a strong position to lead the renewable energy revolution in sub-Saharan Africa.
He added that Nzema is a case study for how governments can unlock the huge potential for solar energy in Africa.
Nzema solar park project will replace distinctive ‘troughs’ with PV modules as PV module technology only requires light and not direct sunlight, meaning the farm will still be capable of generating electricity even during 100 cloudy days in Ghana.