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Energy export potentials can be new ‘gold mine’

While Ghana already exports power to some West African countries, the Deputy Director, Nuclear and Alternative Energy under the Ministry of Energy (MoE), Dr. Bright Robert Sogbadji, has said if the country is able to exploit its energy potentials, it could derive more revenue than it currently earns from cocoa.

Ghana’s power supply sources are from hydroelectricity, thermal fueled by crude oil, natural gas and diesel, solar, and also imports from La Cote D’Ivoire.

However, the country also exports power to Togo, Benin and Burkina Faso, with its ongoing grid expansions anticipated to boost the capacity to further export to other neighboring countries in the sub-region.

The country’s total installed capacity for existing plants in Ghana is 4,132MW consisting of hydro 38 per cent, thermal 61 per cent and solar less than one per cent

Dr. Sogbadji acknowledged that Ghana is well placed to export power, but added that energy and solar energy are intermittent which requires the installation of other baseload support plants. This   could help the development and expansion of other renewable energies.

“All these renewable energies have to be planned carefully” among others to help spell out the percentages required to be put into the grid, he stated.

Dr. Sogbadji, in his opening comments, during a discussion on ‘the role of alternative energy in ensuring the medium to long-term sustainability of the power sector,’ at the 10th edition of the Ghana Economic Forum, disclosed that the government is considering hybridizing

 

Source” The BFB

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