A 5 Kilowatt Solar Energy Panel costing 90 thousand Euros (€90,000.00) for the Accra Polytechnic has been inaugurated in Accra. The Solar Energy panel was donated by MP-Tec GmbH, a Solar Energy-based German Company.
The project which was part of a package contained in a memorandum of understanding signed between the two parties where they agreed among other things to install four solar systems on the premises of the polytechnic.
The facilities were Solar Backup System at the polytechnic Clinic, a solar Pumping System, also at the clinic and a Solar On-Grid System at the Electrical Block
The rest were a Solar-Powered Street Lighting System at the main entrance of the campus and a deep-sunk borehole producing good clean water.
Speaking at the inauguration of the facilities, the Rector of the Accra-poly Professor Sylvester Achio observed that solar power would add to the existing power supply of the country whilst contributing towards the international effort of green revolution.
He acknowledged the great relieve the water project had offered the polytechnic as far as water supply challenges were concerned.
According to him the Solar facilities, would add to a growing portfolio of renewable energy technologies in the country and boost Ghana's global image among the Committee of Nations making effort towards a green revolution.
He added that a fact about solar energy of which people should not loose sit of was its greater immunity to fluctuating prices in the global markets, hence assured stakeholders that the school would take advantage of solar energy and explore its benefits to the maximum, and called on other Ghanaians to embrace this form of energy.
Professor Achio entreated staff and students who were the end users of these facilities to take good care of them.
The CSO of the company Dr Patrik Fischer noted that the company's renewable energy plan and the top notch of engineers at the polytechnic made them partner with the school.
H e added that renewable energy was essential if the world wanted to deal with potential danger of climate change, adding that issues of energy sustainability were critical for Ghana.
He said no single individual had all the answers to energy hence, it was important that stakeholders collaborate.
Dr Nii Darko Kobina Asante from the Energy Commission observed that Ghana could not continue to rely on foreign donors to solve its energy problem but was important that Ghanaian engineers were trained to sustain the project. He assured the company of the Commission's commitment to peruse effort towards energy sufficiency for Ghana.
SOURCE: ISD (RAYMOND KWOFIE)