Renewable Energy Event Ghana hosts renewable energy exhibition
The second edition of the International Conference and Exhibition on the Utilization of Renewable Energy Sources (RE Fair) was recently held in Ghana, Africa. The three-day event, organized by the Energy Commission of Ghana, sought to encourage Ghanaians to buy into the idea of adopting the use of renewable sources of energy for a better and clean future.
The event provided a common platform for government agencies, the private sector, industry players, financiers, investors, researchers, project developers, manufacturers, dealers, civil society organizations and consumers to meet and deliberate on issues towards the rapid utilization of renewable energy sources in Ghana.
Renewable energy and energy efficiency
Organized on the theme: ‘Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency – Accelerating Energy Access and Security’ the conference held discussions on topics such as renewable energy technologies for electricity, heat and fuel production; energy efficiency technologies; clean cooking solutions; and regulations, licensing, standards and labeling. Delivering the key note address at the opening of the conference and exhibition in Accra, Finance Minister, Seth Terkper, noted that renewable energy was a sustainable way to ensure access to electricity services in off-grid communities that were not likely to be connected to the national grid network in the foreseeable future.
Terkper also mentioned that renewable energy had the potential to augment the national generating capacity and that once there was adequate reserve margin, intermittent renewable technologies such as solar and wind could help stabilize the power situation. Welcoming participants to the event, the Chairman of the Energy Commission Dr Kwame Ampofo, said that hosting the second RE Fair was a confirmation of the commitment of the Energy Commission to the promotion of the growth of the renewable energy market in Ghana.
Free solar panels
Dr Ampofo said the vision of the Commission was to achieve a vibrant energy sector where renewable energy technologies formed an integral and dominant part of Ghana’s energy economy and enhanced the sustainability of the country’s development process. He disclosed that the Energy Commission had launched the National Rooftop Solar Program, a capital subsidy scheme under which free solar panels of up to a maximum capacity of 500 Watts peak were provided to qualified beneficiaries in the residential sector. He said the aim of the program was to take the residential lighting load off the national grid with the use of solar PV technology.
Simultaneously, Dr Ampofo said that the program would also enhance the goal of transitioning the country from the current use of compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) to the use of LED lamps, thereby reducing power consumption and promoting energy efficiency.