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Feb 1, 2011

JICA presents equipment to Ministry of Energy

The Japanese International Cooperation Organization (JICA) has presented training materials for developing human resource capacity for Senior Photo Voltage (PV) dissemination in Ghana, to the Ministry of Energy to develop the PV Industry in the country.

The materials which include Technical Guideline for PV Rural Electrification in Ghana, Solar PV Resting Manual, Solar PV System Technical Service Guidelines and Community Agent Manual, will complement the effort of tertiary institutions already offering courses in renewable energy to build the capacity of students for the design, installation and maintenance of Solar PV systems for rural electrification in the country.

 Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, the Deputy Minister of Energy, who received the items on behalf of the Ministry, said government is committed to ensuring free access to modern energy services for every community in the country by 2020, stressing that communities where grid electricity cannot reach in the immediate future, will be provided with solar and other alternative energy sources until such time that grid electricity is eventually supplied.

 He added that, the equipment will also be useful for the solar PV Industry, the Energy Commission and the Ghana Standards Board for ensuring adherence to regulations and standards, in order to minimise the influx of inferior products into the country.

 Alhaji Fuseini noted that in 2004, JICA supported government to undertake a master plan for rural electrification, using renewable energy in the northern regions, which resulted in a comprehensive report and an action plan for a sustainable management model for Solar PV dissemination.

Source : ISD