The Net Metering Solar PV project under Scaling-up Renewable Energy Program (SREP) seeks to assess selected public institutions in Ghana to install solar PV systems. This is to reduce the cost of energy bills paid by the government or these public institutions. The project is being undertaken by the Government of Ghana represented by the Ministry of Energy in collaboration with Aiguasol and Azimut in Spain and The Brew Hammond Energy Centre (TBHEC).
Field activities were undertaking to assess public buildings for grid-connected solar. Before the commencement of the field assessment exercise, TBHEC recruited fifty-four (54) field officers who were taken through training on how to conduct the assessment and feasibility studies. The training was done virtually due to the COVID-19 situation. The training included identification and calculation of roof angles, geographic position of the buildings being assessed, among others. The field Officers were taken through COVID-19 sensitization programme. They were also taken through the various methods of collecting the data from the selected institutions. Field officers were sent across the country to do the assessment of the selected facilities. In all, about 1,000 facilities across the country was projected to be visited. The assessment was done in selected hospitals, municipal and district offices, police stations and schools.
The project started in the Ashanti and Greater Accra regions. It later progressed to the other 14 regions of Ghana. So far, 42 Police stations, 57 Hospitals, 160 MMDA’s, 23 Ministries, 266 Senior High Schools, and 5 Special Schools have been visited. During the assessment of the facilities, field officers analyzed monthly and yearly consumption of the facilities, identified load profiles, among others.
The project field assessment started in March, and it is projected to end by 30th June 2021.