Last Updated: 2017-11-14
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ACCRA, Nov 14 (NNN-GNA) -- President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana has pulled the symbolic switch to officially commission a solar power facility at a factory in Tema, near here, belonging to American conglomerate Cargill, which is one of the the biggest private sector players in Ghana's cocoa sector.

Cargill said in a statement here Monday that the President, in his brief remarks, congratulated Cargill for the initiative and said the move to host solar-powered energy was in line with the government’s agenda to find alternative means of power to support industrial production, especially in the cocoa sector.

President Akufo-Addo added: “I am happy about this facility. One of our major challenges in the industrial sector relates to power and I am always excited about initiatives geared towards renewable and alternative energy. We are committed to supporting such initiatives and as you know, my government’s main focus is you, the private sector. I congratulate you for this and wish that it will serve the purpose for which we have commissioned it”.

Cargill Ghana Limited Managing Director Pieter Reicher, said the 565-kilowatt solar power plant is part of Cargill’s efforts to entrench environmentally-friendly ways of generating power in the cocoa sector.

“We are excited to see the President do us the honour by commissioning this project. For us, it speaks to the government’s commitment to support the private sector and especially those of us in the cocoa industry. Since we began operating this factory in 2008, we have improved our operations by constantly finding innovative ways to enhance safety and also leave less carbon footprints,” Reichert said.

“We strongly believe that this project represents our (both government and private sector) collective efforts at enhancing industrial production in the cocoa sector through safe, responsible, sustainable, energy-efficient means."

The PV Solar system which was designed, supplied and installed by Dutch & Co. Limited, produces 764 megawatt-hours of electricity annually to augment energy needs at the Tema Free Zone Enclave and boost Ghana’s renewable energy portfolio.

It is also a fully automated digital system. The performance of the installation is measured and can be monitored on smart phone, tablets, Laptop and PC’s. The total investment in this PV Solar installation is 720,000 euros. -- NNN-GNA