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Blue Energy to develop 155MW solar project in Ghana

05 Dec 2012

UK-based renewable energy developer Blue Energy has secured a contract for the 155MW Nzema solar photo voltaic (PV) plant in Ghana.


The plant is touted as one of the largest solar PV plants in Africa behind three others that are currently in operation.

Estimated to be operational by the end of 2015 the project will require an investment of $400m.

Commenting on the project Blue Energy CEO Chris Dean highlighted the region's renewable energy potential.

According to Blue Energy the project is the first to gain approval under the 2011 Renewable Energy Act of Ghana.

Ghana's Renewable Energy Act seeks to promote renewable energy investments with the establishment of a feed-in tariffs system.

"Ghana's forward-thinking strategy puts it in a strong position to lead the renewable energy revolution in sub-Saharan Africa.

"Nzema is a case study in how governments can unlock the huge potential for solar energy in Africa," added Dean.

The system is projected to expand the country's current electricity generation capacity by 6%.