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20MW solar plant in Ghana takes trial run

Ghana’s 20MW solar PV plant at Gomoa Onyadze has come online for a trial run while the country’s Minister of Power, Dr Kwabena Donkor toured the facility. The project, privately owned by BXC Company Ltd, a subsidiary of BXC Beijing China, when in full operation, can serve 20,000 homes. It is financed by the parent company at over USD30M.

Dr Donkor told reporters following the tour of the facility that the project attested to the government’s commitment to implement its renewable energy policy. He described the project as a masterpiece and commended the company for the work done, adding that the government was ready to support it to expand.

The project hit the drawing board in 2012 when BXC decided to invest in a renewable energy facility in Ghana. The company applied for and was granted a provisional wholesale electricity supply license from Ghana’s Energy Commission.

Giving a background, the Managing Director of BXC Company Ltd, Mr Kevin Wu said in 2012, the management of BXC decided to invest in the development of a renewable energy facility. Subsequently, BXC negotiated and signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).
BXC installed 40,480 pieces of polycrystalline silicon panels, 20 step up transformers, 20 inverter rooms attached to the transformers and four 33kV overhead lines to the ECG main substation near the Winneba Roundabout.

Source: Alternative Energy Africa


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