Africa’s Largest Solar Farm in Ghana


Blue Energy, the renewable energy firm that installed panels for the successful Westmill Solar Co-operative, has announced plans to build Africa’s largest solar farm. The 155 megawatt (MW) park is set to be located in Ghana and will reportedly cost some $400m (£248m). But upon completion in 2015, the country’s electricity capacity will have increased by 6% as a result and hundreds of locals will have found jobs in areas like construction and maintenance.

Work to install the 630,000 panels will begin next year, when the Nzema project will become the first large-scale development to make use of Ghana’s feed-in tariff scheme. Some 100,000 homes are set to be powered by the farm, which will not only become Africa’s largest solar project once it is completed; but the fourth-largest in the world. The African state was the first developing nation to engage with the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative, and has a target to produce 10% of its electricity from clean sources by 2020. It’s said that the Nzema project will account for a fifth of this target.

via BlueAndGreenTomorrow