The Minister of Energy, Honorable Matthew Opoku Prempeh paid a courtesy visit on Monday 27th November to the site of what will be Africa’s largest solar rooftop project.
Owned by Helios Solar Company (Helios), part of LMI Holdings, and located in the Tema Freezone, situated outside of Accra, the solar rooftop project will supply 16.82 megawatt of energy to Helios and its partners. The innovative solar system is funded by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) as part of an all-encompassing $30 million clean power and water deal with LMI Holdings to support job creation and greener, more sustainable, and more competitive industrial development in the country.
The PV Solar project is designed and engineered by Ghana-based solar energy firm, Dutch and Co. who are the PV EPC and O&M contractor, and whose work involves the installation of the solar system using 29,261 solar panels of the latest N-type technology across a rooftop area of 92,000m2 of the IWC Mega-warehouse located in the Tema Freezone. A total of 128 Ghanaian nationals are directly employed in the implementation of the solar project.
Once in use, it is projected that the solar system will produce 24,750 MWh of clean, stable and sustainable electricity annually, and will reduce Ghana’s emissions by approximately 11,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, contributing to Ghana’s efforts to address the negative impact of climate change on the country.
During his visit, the Honorable Minister expressed his delight at the project and his continued support.
Commenting on the solar rooftop project, Dutch and Co.’s General Manager, Herbert Friese, said, “According to the World Economic Forum, the African continent has huge solar energy potential which is significantly untapped. We are proud to be playing our part in changing this narrative by designing and installing what will be Africa’s largest solar rooftop project on behalf of Helios and LMI Holdings and to assist Ghana in meeting its climate change targets.”