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Gov’t Agencies Testing Solar Energy to Reduce Pressure on National Grid

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Vice President Dr. Bawumia has said government intends to make all government agencies make use of solar energy to reduce their pressure on the national grid and manage government’s energy debts more prudently.

Speaking at the opening of the fourth Ghana Renewable Energy Fair in Accra, the Vice President said cabinet has approved the policy and feasibility studies are already underway at some ministries, departments and agencies to test the viability of solar-powered electricity.

Dr. Bawumia indicated that the Flagstaff House and the Parliament House will also be included in the plan to use solar energy.

The government of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has had to issue two bonds that sum up to 4.7 billion Cedis, in order to offset government’s longstanding energy sector debt of about $2.4 billion.

The government is indebted to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), the nation’s principal electricity vendor, and power producers such as the Volta River Authority (VRA) and other power producers.

The ECG in turn, is indebted to some power producers, who are also indebted to the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCO).

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