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West Africa’s first hybrid power plant demonstrates successful mix of solar and hydropower

Ghana has made remarkable progress in providing access to electricity. Currently, 43% of the total population in sub-Saharan Africa lacks electricity, but Ghana is on course to achieve full access within 18 months.

The country is on track to achieve its goal of universal access to electricity by 2025, with the successful implementation of the Bui Hydro-Solar PV Hybrid (HSH) system. Ghanaian Minister for Energy, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, said the groundbreaking project, developed by the Bui Power Authority (BPA), which uses Huawei inverters, transformers, and an energy storage system, marks a major milestone in Ghana, and for that matter, Africa’s clean energy transition.

He said: ‘Bringing the Bui Hydro-Solar PV Hybrid system online enables us to connect more customers to achieve our universal access target of 90% by 2024, way ahead of the UN Sustainable Development Goal of universal access to electricity by 2030. It also contributes to delivering on the promise in our National Energy plan to increase the renewable energy installed capacity in our energy mix to 10% by 2030.’

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