UNDER THE outgone National Democratic Congress regime, one of the key issues that plagued the government until its embarrassing defeat during the 2016 elections was the unbearable power crisis that spanned almost four years.
Increasing demand for energy compelled the then government to find alternative sources of power to meet the high demand of industry and domestic homes.
Power plants were brought onboard to mitigate the power crisis, but the high cost of fuel to power the plants affected the resolve to end the crisis.
The over-reliance on hydro and thermal power had partly been blamed for the country’s inability to permanently have reliable power supply. However, there appears to be a change in policy direction under the new government which the DAILY HERITAGE is interested in and would be keeping an eye on.
Mr Boakye Agyarko, the Minster for Energy not long ago assured the government would soon hook residential and non-residential facilities of all ministries, departments and agencies onto solar power to reduce the load on the national grid.
Speaking at the launch of a Solar PV system at the German Cooperation House in Accra Mr Agyarko said “in me you have a convert, simply because my own residence is connected to solar so that when the light goes off it is only my residence in the neighbourhood that has light and nobody hears any sound of generators. It is all on the roof.
“I believe at the personal level in the importance of solar energy as an energy source. Today, it is possible to generate solar energy at less than 60 pesewas a kilowatt hour, compared to what is paid the utility to generate similar power for us. It is against this backdrop that we intend to expand the solar programme to cover residential and non-residential facilities, ministries, department and agencies.”
This is indeed a laudable idea and should not be consigned to just words, but there should be the commitment to implement the plan so that Ghanaians would enjoy a permanent and stable power supply
We are blessed with abundant sunlight and therefore should exploit it to the fullest for the good of our people.