Ebenezer SHS wins maiden High School Renewable Energy Challenge

Accra, Oct. 10, GNA – Ebenezer Senior High
School has emerged winners in a maiden High Schools’ Renewable Energy
Challenge, organised by the Energy Commission, in collaboration with the Ghana
Education Service (GES).

The competition is part of the Commission’s
mandate to promote the development and utilisation of renewable energy
resources and technologies in Ghana.

This is done through creating an opportunity
for senior high schools (SHSs) to submit innovative Renewable Energy and Energy
Efficient projects conceived by the students.

The participating schools were Ebenezer SHS,
Presbyterian SHS (Presec-Osu), Armed Forces Senior High Technical School, Tema
Technical Institute, Achimota SHS, and Manhean Senior High Technical School.

They pitched on innovative projects using
the natural resources and environment to create electricity that are renewable
and energy efficient.

Ebenezer SHS emerged winners with 80 per
cent points and took home a cash prize of GH¢ 4,000, five boxes of LED bulbs
for the school, solar fan for each team member and a solar lantern for the
teachers who coached them.

The competing students were also presented
with certificates, plaques and gold medals.

Ebenezer SHS pitched on how they could
produce electrical energy with the wind and demonstrated this by displaying a
project that created electricity through the blowing of wind.

The first runner up, Armed Forces Senior
High School, had 73 per cent and were presented with a GH¢ 2,000 cash prize, a
box of LED bulbs, certificates, silver medals and plaques, whereas medals and
solar lanterns were presented to the teachers.

The second runner up, Manhean Senior High
Technical School, scored 69.9 per cent and had a cash prize of GH¢ 1,500, a box
of LED bulbs, a solar lantern the teachers, and a bronze medal, certificate and
plaque to each of the students.

Tema Technical Institute, PRESEC-Osu and
Achimota SHS scored 52.9 per cent, 51.7 per cent and 45.2 per cent,
respectively, taking the fourth, fifth and sixth positions.

They were each presented GH¢ 1,000
certificates and plaques and solar lanterns.

Mr William Owuraku Aidoo, a Deputy Minister
of Energy in Charge of Power, said the challenge was to sustain students’
innovativeness and a great step towards making strides in the renewable energy

He said the Ministry would collaborate with
the Ghana Education Service to create those centres to bring out innovative and
cost efficient renewable energy projects from students.

Mr Aidoo congratulated the students adding;
“This will lead to the discovery of talents in the renewable energy industry.”

“In this energy renewable industry, talents
and innovations are critical to growth, so continue to be innovative and strive
for the best,” he added.

Madam Gifty Twum Ampofo, a Deputy Minister
of Education in charge of Technical and Vocational Education, commended the
students for their quest to improve their communities with their projects.

She pledged her Ministry’s support to
improving the lot of the students and called on the GES and other stakeholders
to “fashion out a curriculum on awareness and sustainability of energy
conservation in schools.”

The Minister said that energy conservation,
which is the judicial use of energy, must be a way of life and encouraged all
to practice it.

“Energy conservation should be well-included
in the educational curriculum and should be a way of life for all.”