President Akufo-Addo, on Saturday, 15 September 2018, commissioned a 20-megawatt solar plant and inspected ongoing works at the Casa de-Ropa Ltd, a “1-district-1-factory” initiative, all in the Gomoa West constituency
This, he stressed, is to help Ghana
In addition to this, Mr Akufo-Addo indicated that his government is in the process of rationalising the contribution of Independent Power Producers (IPPs) to the country’s energy development.
“When we came into office, we inherited a plethora of IPP agreements, all of whom were contracted at the time of our crisis and, therefore, left us in a weak position, and got us accepting tariff rates of 18 cents per kilowatt hour and over. In an area in the world where 10 cents per kilowatt hour is the maximum, we are producing IPP agreements at 18 cents per kilowatt hour,” he said.
He added: “Those are not acceptable arrangements. So, in future, we are going to insist that IPP arrangements are created out of
These directives, he stressed, have gone to the Ministry of Energy, Electricity Company of Ghana, for enforcement.
“And then, we are in an age where renewable energy facilities are being produced domestically. So, we want to get to a situation here in Ghana whereby these solar panels are produced domestically. And it can be done within the confines of the one district one factory initiative,” he added.
Mr Akufo-Addo also paid a familiarisation visit to the Casa de-Ropa Limited, a factory under Government’s 1-District-1-Factory initiative and supported by the EXIM Bank, located at Gomoa Beadze, near Winneba.
The factory, sited on a 500-acre land, currently has over one hundred acres of sweet potato under cultivation. The factory also has developed five dams to irrigate the farms, and, thereby ensure all year farming.
The company processes Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato into four main products namely “Nature’s Harvest Potato Bread”, “Nature’s Harvest Potato Crisp”, “Nature’s Harvest Potato Chips”, and “Nature’s Harvest Potato Biscuits.”