One more leadership feat was achieved by Central University when a new PV 401 kWp Ground Mount Solar System was commissioned at the Miotso Campus near Dawhenya.
The system, which is expected to sufficiently provide for the energy needs of the campus, is a tripartite project involving Yingli Namene West Africa, Central University and financed by Ecoligo.
The facility is split and installed on two sites, connecting the Academic, Administration, hostels and Students Plaza, and making it possible for students to utilize solar energy in their apartments.
Delivering his speech at the commissioning, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Bill Buenar Puplampu, expressed his appreciation to all who had worked tirelessly to make the project a reality. He particularly thanked the Registrar, Mr. Emil Afenyo, for ensuring the project was executed in good time.
He noted that for institutions and industries in the tropics, creative and progressive social funding options, like that of Ecoligo, were very timely resources that could be leveraged to harness solar and green energy whiles saving cost in the long run.
On his part, the Deputy Director of Renewable Electricity at the Ministry of Energy, Ing. Seth Agbeve Mahu, disclosed that government, as part of efforts to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), intends to achieve a 100% electricity coverage by 2025 using Solar energy as a key vehicle.
He commended Central University for leading the way in this direction and promised Government’s commitment to creating a safe and enabling environment for businesses to thrive.
The marketing manager at Ecoligo, Ms. Emma Patmore, in her speech, said the project was a step in the right direction as it would reduce cost and allow for increased investments in infrastructure to accommodate more students and make the campus friendlier to students and staff alike.
“This is needed to help bring schools fees down for our wards to benefit and we see solar as one of the cost-saving mechanisms that institutions in the knowledge-sharing and impacting space must look to with agility and excitement”, she added.
Mr. Firmin Nguessan Nkamleu, the managing director of Yingli Namene West Africa, thanked the University for agreeing to do business with them. The solar farm is expected to provide power for at least 20 years.
The colorful ceremony was well attended by members of the university community, representatives from the Energy Commission of Ghana, sister Universities and other players in the solar energy industry.