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Ghana develops GIS-based toolkit for renewable energy

Accra, Ghana: Energy Commission (EC) in Ghana with support from Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) developed a toolkit that would support renewable energy resources to analysis, planning and a policy formulation instrument, according to Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, Deputy Minister of Energy, Ghana.

The toolkit utilises GIS technology to evaluate potential locations for solar and wind energy, transportation infrastructure and population centres. In addition, it would help to develop a GIS-based tool to support in decision making and policy initiatives that were designed to attract public and private investment in the country’s renewable energy sector.

With an aim to make users acquainted with GIS-based toolkits, a two-day training workshop was organised in Accra, Ghana. Participants from Energy Commission, Ministry of Energy, utilities and researchers through reviewing existing renewable energy resource data, energy policies, strategies and plans, developed and validated GIS maps and alternative business development.

The Minister said that the vision of the country’s energy sector was to develop an energy economy that would ensure secured and reliable energy service for all sectors of the economy. He added as part of government’s commitment to renewable energy, the Ministry of Energy had upgraded the renewable energy unit to the status of a directorate similar to that of the power and petroleum.

“This is to help formulate and monitor policy strategies for the promotion of all forms of renewable energy resources in the country,” Alhaji Fuseini added.

On the attainment of 10 per cent target of renewable energy, he said government had developed a renewable energy bill now before Parliament with support from the World Bank to provide the legal and regulatory framework for attracting private sector investment in the industry.

Alhaji Fuseini explained that on the enactment of the bill, it would enable the Ministry to establish the renewable energy fund to provide incentives for research, development, promotion and utilisation of renewable energy resources.

He revealed that the Spanish Government had provided five million Euros grant facility for the supply and installation of solar systems for schools, hospitals and security outpost in remote communities without electricity.

Source: GNA