April 17, 2013
The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) organized a handing over ceremony for a photo voltaic (PV) system for the NMIMR on 17th April, 2013. Participants included dignitaries such as Prof. Kwadwo Ansah Koram, Director of NMIMR, Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Mr.Naoto Nikai, Japanese Ambassador to Ghana, and Mr. Jiro Inamura, Chief Representative of JICA Ghana Office.
The grant agreement between the Government of Ghana and JICA for the Project for Introduction of Clean Energy by Solar Electricity Generation System, amounting to 610 million JPY (approximately 6.5 million USD), was signed on 12th March, 2010. The capacity of the solar electricity generation system is 315 kW and the largest scale of the PV system in Ghana. The objective of the project is to increase the percentage of renewable energy in power supply and decrease greenhouse gas emissions by installing PV system.
Ghana produces electricity using hydroelectric power and thermal power generation. However, due to increased electric demand and other factors, the production of electricity is unstable. Therefore, the introduction of renewable energy and solar PV seem as one of the alternative power generation system.
Professor Kwadwo Ansah Koram, Director of NMIMR, in his welcome remarks, expressed gratitude to the Japanese Government for the intervention. Subsequently, Professor Ernest Aryeetey, Vice Chancellor of University of Ghana said; "This project is in the right direction for Ghana and the heavy rain during the sod-cutting ceremony for this project on 26th June, 2012 was indeed a shower of blessing for us."
The keynote address delivered on behalf of Minister for Energy said the project is a clear demonstration of the important role that solar energy can play and its contribution to cost-effective energy conservation and management as well as reliability and security of electricity supply.
Mr. Jiro Inamura, Chief Representative of JICA Ghana Office, said; "Currently, the PV facilities here at NMIMR, are the largest in Ghana. An additional PV modules of another 405kW, totaling up to 720kW, are going to be installed in the next phases of this project." He continued, "Now, the facilities are in your hands. This means that the utilization of the potential of this facility has been handed over to you. I am sure that the people and Government of Ghana can make use of the facility to improve or maximize the output of your academic and medical activities."
The second phase of this project will be executed in collaboration with NMIMR and JICA.