Ghana's first solar energy generating kiosk launched

By Samira Larbie, GNA

Accra, Sept. 11,
GNA – SolarKiosk Ghana Limited, an NGO, has launched the first ever locally
manufactured Solar Kiosk in Accra to provide energy to boost the socio-economic
activities of people who lack access to power.

The robust and
multi-functional lightweight unit, which can be easily transported, is tailored
for use in rural and peri-urban communities.

It thus allows mini
businesses, such as barbering shops, small banks, restaurants and hair dressing
salons, to operate efficiently in the local economy.

At the launch of
the unit at James Town, a predominantly fishing community, Ms Patricia Safo,
the Managing of Director Solarkiosk Ghana, and JCS Investments, said the aim of
the initiative was also to help reduce carbon emissions and deforestation,
while promoting sustainable energy alternatives.

She said the kiosk,
also known as the E-Hubb, was a prototype, which produced two Kilowatts power of
electricity.

“It serves as an
outlet for renewable energy products, services and solutions and supports
affordable products and appliances, such as cooking stoves, which run on solar
energy,” she explained.

Ms Safo said 10
solar kiosks had been installed in four regions, and urged companies, such as
the financial institutions, to adopt this module as it could be modified to
suit different applications.

“The kiosk can
produce energy for itself, and the excess can be sold, while the canopy
attached to it can also support and supply households and businesses with
energy,” she said.

Mr Andreas Spiess,
the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Solarkiosk, which is based in Germany,
said the product had a satellite dish component, which could help supply energy
to other businesses.

Africa, with its
abundant sunshine, derives only about two per cent of its energy needs from
sunshine, while Germany with less sunshine, produces about 20 per cent solar
energy.

Mr Spiess,
therefore, urged African countries to maximise the use of the natural resource,
as the global demand for energy was continually soaring.

Mr Spiess said the
major challenge was the initial financing of the unit, explaining: “So we
are collaborating with the banks to give an upfront loans to people who want to
buy the solar products, which is very efficient and can last longer.”

He urged the
Government to support the initiative to enable private entities to invest in
the economy.

Other partners in
the project include the Energy Commission and JCS Investment Limited.

GNA

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