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Multinational firm International Solar Utilities is planning to develop 600MW of PV power and 300MW of PV manufacturing capacity in Ghana, West Africa.
According to a report on the Ghanaian government’s official news portal, ISU has already identified sites in the country’s Western, Central and Greater Accra regions to develop six 100MW PV power plants.
The company is also looking to build a module manufacturing plant at Tema, an industrial town to the east of Ghana’s capital Accra. ISU expects to export the modules to other African countries, as well as use them in the projects it is looking to develop in Ghana.
James Brown, ISU’s chief operating officer, told the Ghana News Agency (GNU) that the plant would produce mono-crystalline PV panels under the brand of PN Solar, a manufacturer owned by ISU’s parent company, Sustainable Equities Group.
The plant will have an annual capacity of 300MW and cost an estimated US$85 million to build, Brown said.
Work is expected to begin on the site in June this year and when operational, it will produce PN Solar’s 72-cell, PN365W modules.
ISU told GNU that it had already secured 800 acres of land in the Ahanta West District of the Western Region to build some of the proposed power plants.
Electricity from the projects will be fed into Ghana's national grid.
With a stable government, a fast growing economy and increasing demand for electricity, Ghana is seen as one of West Africa’s brightest prospects for the deployment of solar.
British firm Blue Energy is already at an advanced stage with another large-scale PV project, the 155MW Nzema plant, which will also be located in the Western Region.
In a separate interview with GNU, ISU’s chief executive Mahmood Mufti said the company had chosen Ghana because of the national government’s commitment to renewable energy, the country’s stability and its favourable tax environment. Ghana is targeting 10% renewable energy generation by 2020.