Workshops on productive uses of energy heldAug 14, 2017
As part of UNDP support to the implementation of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, the Energy Commission created awareness on Productive Uses of Energy (PEU) in two workshops held in the Volta and Ashanti Regions in May 2017. Eighty (80) stakeholders from various government agencies, private sector and academia came together to discuss the previous and current PUE interventions and put forward constructive ideas on how to improve Ghana’s energy situation.
Making a remark at the workshop, Mr. Kwabena Otu-Danquah, the Ag. Director of Renewable Energy Directorate at the Energy Commission, emphasized how the the effective promotion of PUE can contribute to create jobs and eventually reduce poverty. He further outlined some significant achievements in the energy sector including a national electrification access of 82% and installation of five renewable energy mini-grids in lake-side and island communities that are not economically feasible to connect to the national grid. He further stated that government have secured funding to install 55 mini-grids and deploy stand-alone solar systems in off-grid communities by 2020 under the Scaling-up Renewable Energy Programme (SREP) at an estimated cost of US$83 million.
During the workshops, success stories and challenges have been shared by agro-business entrepreneurs and researchers, while representatives from financial institutions in the host regions educated participants on financing opportunities available for PUE interventions and on what it takes to make business proposals bankable. During the discussion sessions, issues like high interest rates, lack of access to land for PUE initiatives and high electricity tariff were identified by the participants as factors that hinder their involvement in PUE interventions.
The workshops successfully ended with participants highly appreciating for the opportunity to share knowledge and experience on on-going PUE interventions in the regions and for the collaboration under the SEforALL initiative.