Ghana to construct US $5.7m waste to energy plant


The government of Ghana has signed a US $5.7m agreement with Germany to construct a 400KW waste-energy plant in Kumasi to improve waste management in the country.

The demonstration project, which will use a hybrid solar PV, biogas and a pyrolysis plant to generate electricity from domestic waste will help advance Ghana’s quest to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda.

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The waste- energy project

According to the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, the completion of the 48 months project will help to ensure the conversion of waste to energy commences in Kumasi this year and later extended to other parts of the country. This will go a long way in supporting Ghana’s climate change mitigation efforts which are currently focused on putting in place climate policies and actions, so as to scale up the implementation of the climate actions

Communal benefits

Apart from creating more than 50 jobs for Ghanaians, Professor Boateng said that the project will also include the training of two post-doctorates, three doctorates, ten masters’ students, 20 academics professionals on hybrid bio-gas pyrolysis systems for waste treatment to enable them lead and mentor other African Countries in the design, Construction and Maintenance of Bio-gas/Biomass Plants. The project will also help to provide access to modern bio-energy fuel.

The minister further commented that, once completed, the project will deepen the bilateral relationship between the two countries. “The project will create opportunity for German Small Medium Enterprises to take advantage and extend their products and services in the area of waste to Ghana. Therefore, the project’s success will not only help Ghana to address her energy and sanitation challenges but also encourage replication of the project nationwide,” he concluded.


  1. Bravo Ghana!!! This project is without doubt a step to transform the lives of Ghanaians. It will improve the health of the many from environment pollution besides the indirect employment opportunities.

  2. Universal Export holdings, Switzerland can do it without government money why not given this contract to universal export holdings. I rest my case

  3. On the end, as a professional, I can give an overhaul opinion that this project was just a waste of National funds and people’s energy… Solid waste to energy has a proportion of value for a 1 MWp facility energy installation value of a $ 1,75 M USD… no need to be a mathematical wizard to see that is something wrong… let people be a judge.
    Aleksandar Dimitrijevic Rott-Meyer


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