AMA inaugurates Solar Power Plant at Accra Girls Senior High

The Chief Executive Officer of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Mr. Mohammed Adjei Sowah, has inaugurated a 5kw solar power generating system at the Accra Girls Senior High School.


The project, which forms part of the Assembly's efforts to build a smart, sustainable and a resilient modern city, is being executed by the European Union Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF) in collaboration with the European Commission, six EU member states and Econoler, a world leader in energy efficiency.


Under the project, 112 new LED lights bulbs will be provided to replace all existing bulbs in the school to reduce energy consumption by 50 percent.


The Mayor of Accra, Mr Adjei Sowah, said the school was chosen because it is one of the only two all female senior high schools under the Assembly, adding that this would help the school reduce cost on energy.


"Accra Girls should not in the near future be paying electricity bills for lighting, this will go a long way in making extra resources available to the school to augment the Free SHS policy introduced by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government," he said.


He said the EU Energy Efficiency Project was targeted at supporting AMA to become more efficient in its use of resources as well as position the Assembly as a responsible corporate citizen.


He urged management of the school to ensure regular maintenance of the plant as scheduled by the installers.


He thanked the EU Project team, Kumasi Institute of Technology and Environment (KITE), Energy Commission and the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) for their support and appealed to corporate institutions and donor communities to continue supporting AMA to roll out its development initiatives.


The Mayor, on behalf of assembly later donated 40 pieces of 240 litre waste segregation bins to kick start its new initiative christened "Green Senior High School".


The Project Manager of EUEI PDF, Silvia Escudero, said the objectives of the project were to create an enabling environment to implement an energy efficiency strategy and action plan.


She stressed the need to cultivate and adopt habits to reduce energy waste in the country.


She disclosed that under the Project AMA would be supported to build its capacity to conduct energy audits on their buildings, develop recommendations for energy efficiency and renewable energy inventions, to optimize the energy use.


The headmistress of the school, Mrs. Joice Akolatse, thanked the Mayor for the project and was hopeful that the plant would help reduce the bills on electricity.


The EUEI PDF is a multi donor facility supporting developing countries and regions in enhancing and implementing policies, market development approaches and building the capacity needed to accelerate progress in the energy sector. 


For over ten years of existence, the EUEI PDF has developed innovative approaches and practices in more than 80 projects in over 21 countries and seven regions and effectively disseminated knowledge amongst wide range of energy practitioners and policy makers.


Source: ISD (Gilbert Ankrah)