Member of Parliament (MP) for Nadwoli-Kaleo Constituency in the Upper West Region, Alban Kingsford Sumani Bagbin has heaped praises on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his determination in continuing a project that was initiated by the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration in 2012 but abandoned.
He said “politics is about development, development of a human being and I want to take this opportunity not just to welcome His Excellency to the Nadwoli-Kaleo Constituency but also on behalf of the people and chiefs of this area to thank him so much for continuing with this project. His Excellency could have decided not to complete had been initiated since 2012 which preparation took a long time and is now seeing the light of the day”
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as part of his tour of the Upper West Region on Tuesday February 4, 2020 cut the sod for the construction of two solar power plants in Kaleo and Lawra, all in the Upper West Region, under the seventeen (17) megawatt peak solar power project.
According to the President, the project reaffirms the commitment of his Government to diversify the country’s energy generation portfolio, and, thereby, help increase the renewable energy component of Ghana’s energy mix, and contribute to her fight against the effects of climate change.
With the solar project coming on the heels of construction of the Pwalugu Multipurpose Dam and Irrigation Project, the 17-megawatt project is being funded the German Government’s Development Bank, KfW, at a cost of €22.8 million.
He stated that the project will “see to the construction of a 13-megawatt peak project in Kaleo and a 4 megawatt peak project in Lawra. This will help Ghana avoid an estimated seven thousand, four hundred (7,400) tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year; making our country a cleaner place to live in.”
He continued, “the project at Lawra is scheduled to be completed in June this year, with the one in Kaleo also scheduled to completed by December this year. When finished, both projects will generate enough energy to power some thirty-two thousand (32,000) households, and increase the geographic spread of power generation in the country.”
These solar power plants, the first of its kind in the Upper West Region, would mean that this Region also has its fair share of power generation assets in the country.