July 23, 2012
The Japanese Ambassador, Mr. Naoto Nikai and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Prof. Ernest Aryeetey have cut the sod for the ‘Introduction of Clean Energy by Solar Electricity Generation System’, at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) in Accra. The grant agreement for the project was signed between the Governments of Ghana and Japan in March 2010. The $7.6 million project was commemorated by many participants and graced by the Chief Representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Ghana, Mr. Jiro Inamura.
The project in support of clean energy by a photovoltaic system concluded as soon as the procurement and installation of photovoltaic systems with output of 315kW was made. After the completion of the second phase, for which design and procurement process is currently underway, the total generation will be over 700kW.
In 2009, the Government of Japan initiated Cool Earth Partnership in order to support developing countries, striking a balance between greenhouse gas reductions and economic development, which contributes to climate stabilization. In line with the policy, JICA has been actively utilizing Japanese advanced technologies in the field of clean energy and renewable energy. In particular, Japan is leading the photovoltaic power generation technology. This project will be a good practice of installation of the cutting-edge technology.
Mr Jiro Inamura, the Chief Representative of JICA Ghana Office said; "Since this system will the biggest photovoltaic system at this moment in Ghana, a wide range of discussions and considerations have been made for the smooth operation and maintenance. By ensuring the effective operation of this first large-scale photovoltaic system, I hope that the project will stimulate and promote to the future establishment of more large-scale photovoltaic systems in Ghana."
A few days before the official sod-cutting for the new Solar Generation Systems project, Japan pledged 6 billion dollars aid over the next 3 years for developing countries at a United Nations conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, known as "Rio+20". The aid comprises 3 billion dollars to help developing countries enable the transfer to a green economy and another 3 billion dollars to help developing countries work out measures to prepare for disasters.
Mr Nikai stated in his speech that this environmentally-friendly project helps Ghana diversify her power generations, and the Government of Japan will continue its support to Ghana through various projects.
JICA's cooperation in Ghana's medical research dates back to 1969 when a series of technical cooperation projects were fostered by Ghanaian and Japanese Experts at the University of Ghana. Their vision and effort led to the establishment of NMIMR in 1979 as a semi-autonomous institute in honour of Dr Hideyo Noguchi who devoted his life to the research on yellow fever and died in Accra in 1928. Since the establishment, NMIMR has been the frontline institute for medical research on major diseases of the tropics, and JICA has been cooperating with the NMIMR in various fields through grant aid and technical cooperation for human resource development, capacity building, policy and institutional improvements.
JICA congratulates the NMIMR on its commitments and achievements in medical research, and we continue our assistance to the effort of the NMIMR on medical research through collaborations between Japanese and Ghanaian researchers for new findings.