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Solar Energy - Navrongo Solar Plant

The Navrongo Solar Power Plant, a 2.5 MW facility, is the largest grid PV plant in West Africa besides those in Cape Verde.

The plant which costs USD 8,082,025 and financed by the Volta River Authority will create jobs in the local community, serve as a tourist attraction and improve energy security and diversification of the spatial location of power plants.

OWNERS

  • Volta River Authority

PROJECT FINANCING

  • Volta River Authority
  • KfW

CONSULTING ENGINEERS

  • Volta River Authority
  • Lahmeyer International

PRINCIPAL CONTRACTORS

  • China Wind Power

The VRA is committed to the development of renewable energy, particularly wind and solar energy, as these energy sources are economically competitive compared to fuel fossils. Undoubtedly, renewable energy would play an increasingly vital role in the power generation mix over the next century.

In line with the national policy direction and the VRA's vision of setting the standard for public sector excellence, the VRA has embarked on a Renewable Energy Policy to develop and operate renewable plants in an efficient, cost effective and environmentally sustainable manner.

In support of this policy the VRA has undertaken the following measures since 2010:

  • Setting up of a 5-year renewable capacity projection.
  • Deployment of renewable plants at both grid connected and mini-grid (isolated) systems based on local need, resource availability and cost effectiveness.
  • Establishment of a mixed renewable portfolio – wind, mini hydro, solar- in various locations within the country covering the available renewable resources in those locations.
  • Developing a differentiated renewable product to wholesale customers.

To achieve these targets a Renewable Development Programme Phase 1 (REDP1) was initiated aimed at developing about 160 MW of installed renewable energy capacity. The programme consists of the following components:

  • Wind Power Phase 1 (150 MW)
  • Solar Power Phase 1 (14 MW)
  • Renewable Energy Planning and Development Integration
  • Feasibility studies for small hydro plants