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Ghana: President Akufo-Addo Commissions Ghana’s First Micro-Hydro Power Station At Alavanyo

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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Saturday, 21st November 2020, commissioned Ghana’s first micro power generating station, located at Tsatsadu, Alavanyo, in the Hohoe constituency of the Volta Region.

Describing the ceremony as “a happy day for the people of Alavanyo and myself”, President Akufo-Addo noted that the 45kw Tsatsadu hydro power generating station will “provide power for rapid economic development in Alavanyo.”

The origins of the project date back to 2005, when the Ministry of Energy, under the Government of President John Agyekum Kufuor, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and International Network on Small Hydro Power of China (IN-SHP) to undertake studies geared towards the development of Small Hydro Power potentials in the country.

According to the President, before the project could be operationalized in the twenty-two (22) sites identified, the NPP lost the 2008 elections, and, “like many other important initiatives of the Kufuor Government, this project was also abandoned”.

Upon his assumption of office in 2017, he told the gathering at Tsatsadu that he directed the Ministry of Energy, together with the Bui Power Authority, to re-develop the hydro power generating stations, including that at Tsatsasu.

Indeed, the Tsatsadu project was initially designed as a 30kW stand-alone system, but was redesigned and upgraded to a 45kW grid-connection system based on the outcome of the additional studies.