Africa’s largest solar power plant worth $400m to be located in Ghana

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A UK firm, Blue Energy, today December 4, 2012 announced plans to build a photovoltaic (PV) solar power plant in Ghana, according to British media reports.

Both the BBC and the Guardian report that the company says the project which is worth $400 million will be the largest solar power plant in Africa when completed.

Blue Energy, the renewable energy developer behind the $400 million project said the 155MW solar PV plant will be fully operational by October 2015, the Guardian reported.

Construction works of the plant begins by the end of 2013 and will be located in the Western Region near the village of Aiwiaso, officials say.

The company says it will install some 630,000 PV modules.

The Nzema project will be able to provide electricity to more than 100,000 homes, the BBC reported.

Douglas Coleman, the project’s director at Blue Energy, told the Guardian that the company was using solar PV instead of the distinctive ‘troughs’ used in concentrated solar power technology seen in north Africa and the Middle East in part because PV only requires light, not direct sunlight.

By Ekow Quandzie


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