Africa’s Largest Solar Power Plant to Produce 600MW of Energy

By: | March 19th, 2014

Solar energy expansion throughout Africa is set to continue with the construction of the continent’s largest scale solar power plant in Ghana.

International Solar Utilities (ISU), Sustainable Equities Group and PN Solar will be partnering up to construct six solar power parks in the western African country that will each be 100 megawatts in size.

Totaling 600MW and using new “glass on glass” technology, the development will be built across 800 acres of land. ISU goes on to claim that the construction will add an additional 28% to Ghana’s national grid once it is completed.

It is hoped the expansion of solar power in Ghana will benefit neighboring countries too and encourage growth. Construction will begin this summer and will be completed in approximately a year. Each park will cost about $125 million.

“Ghana’s current energy generating capacity is 2,100MW and ISU Ghana will add an additional 28% to Ghana’s national grid upon completion,” said ISU. “Ghana is attempting to achieve an electricity generation capacity goal of 5,000MW by 2016. ISU will help Ghana achieve its goal while promoting local economic development.”

Jonathan Keane

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