Ghana’s Vice President and flag-bearer of the government of the New Patriotic Party for the December 2024 general elections, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has promised to increase the country’s solar energy capacity with an additional 2000MW if given the nod by Ghanaians.
Currently, Ghana’s solar energy capacity stands around 186MW, according to data from the Ministry of Energy.
Outlining his vision for the country ahead of the December general elections, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia said his administration would diversify the energy generation mix with the introduction of solar and wind power.
According to the Vice President, this would help to reduce the country’s dependence on oil and gas.
“This will significantly reduce the cost of electricity,” Energy News Africa quoted Dr Mahamudu Bawumia saying.
Dr Bawumia believes that with reliable and cost-competitive power, Ghana would attract more manufacturing capacity into the country, create more jobs, improve services, export more products and support the AfCFTA strategy to improve the participation of Ghanaian industries in intra-Africa exports and trade.