Energy Commission wants solar panel regulation

Business News of Friday, 20 February 2015

Source: B&FT


Dr. Kwame Ampofo, a resource person from the Energy Commission has stated that the outfit Commission is considering sending a bill to parliament on the usage of solar panels among the Ghanaian populace explaining that solar panels are the way to go in these times, the country is battling with energy alternatives.

The Energy Commission intends to push through a regulation before parliament and get an assent to it.

Already, the Commission has lifted the suspension on the issuance of provisional wholesale electricity supply licence for utility scale grid-connected solar pv plants.

The Commission also explains that in order to maintain the integrity of the national grid, the total capacity of solar PV plants shall not exceed the total national capacity approved by the Energy Commission.

Solar PV plants with a capacity of more than 20MWp supplying power into the National Interconnected Transmission System (NITS) must be equipped with a storage system with capacity equivalent to the excess.

He was speaking at a stakeholder’s conference in Accra organised by the Energy Commission is convinced Ghana should go for solar plants. “We intend to talk to the right people in order to regulate the pricing so everyone can afford. We want to make sure that all buildings, institutions use solar panels”.

They are also encouraging the use of land as equity by land owners in Solar PV power plants.