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Press Release

February 1, 2011

Energy Minister receives equipment from JICA (Source: The Ghanaian Times)

The Ministry of Energy has received training materials for developing human resource capacity for Solar Photo Voltage (PV) dissemination in Ghana, from JICA, a Japanese Cooperation organization.

The materials included: Technical Guideline for PV Rural Electrification in Ghana, Solar PV Resting Manual, Solar PV system Technical Service Guidelines and Community Agent Manual.

The materials are expected to complement the effort of tertiary institutions which are already offering courses in renewable energy to build the capacity of students.

It will also be useful for the solar PV Industry, the Energy Commission and the Ghana Standards Board for ensuring adherence to regulations and standards in order to minimize the influx of inferior products into the country.

Receiving the items, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, Deputy Minister of Energy said the government was committed to ensuring access to modern energy services for every community in the country by 2020.

He said communities where grid electricity cannot reach in the immediate future will be provided with solar and other alternative energy sources until such time that grid electricity is eventually supplied.

Alhaji Fuseini said JICA in 2004 supported the Government to undertake a master plan for rural electrification, using renewable energy in the Northern regions.

He said the study resulted in a comprehensive report and an action plan for sustainable management model for Solar PV dissemination.

Alhaji Fuseini said as a follow-up, JICA extended another support to the Ministry of Energy in collaboration with the Ministry of education to implement the "Human Resource Development for Disseminating Solar PV in Ghana Project".

He said the main goal of the project was to develop the PV industry in the country by building the needed human resource capacity for the design, installation and maintenance of Solar PV systems for rural electrification in the country.

Alhaji Fuseini expressed the Government's gratitude to Development Partners such as the Governments of Japan, Spain, Germany and the World Bank for their immense contributions and support for the renewable energy sector in Ghana.

By Lawrece Markwei

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