“We will use our country as a base for the development of renewable energy technologies.” This is the promise of Frederick Kenneth Appiah, an expert on renewable energy at the Energy Commission of Ghana, in view of the participation of Ghana in the upcoming Expo 2017 to be held in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan, from June 10 to September 10.
The theme of the event will be the future of energy and will address issues related to energy production and its relationship with the environment. The event will include more than 100 countries, including Ghana, which also hopes to attract foreign investors to increase their capacity to produce renewable energy for the country.
At present renewable energy accounts for only 1% of the national energy production, but Frederick Appiah said he is confident that the threshold of 10% % given by the Ministry of Energy it can be reached by 2020.
The expert of renewable energy is also one of the promoters of a national project that aims to help families who plan to invest in solar, whose costs are covered for up to 30% by the African State.
For Appiah the contribution of foreign investors is essential to reduce the initial costs, which are currently very expensive. Among the foreign investors who have already taken action are Eni Ghana, which in November signed a commercial agreement with the state-owned Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (Sada) for the development of renewable energy projects and technologies.