Ghana National Energy Policy

Source: IEA/IRENA Renewables Policies Database
Last updated: 25 November 2014

The 2010 Ghana National Energy Policy encompasses cross-cutting plans to manage the major challenge of fast-growing energy needs for the national development agenda. The policy contains three chapters (4, 5, 6) dealing with renewable energy deployment, waste-to-energy management and energy efficiency. These underline the need for improved support policy, and for the private sectors involvement to foster sustainable and efficient energy generation. According to the National Energy Policy, Ghanas renewable energy development shall mainly focus on the vast mini hydro potential of the country. Twenty-one micro- and medium-hydro power sites, with generation capacities ranging from 4kW to 325 kW, have already been identified as suitable for power generation. Ghana also has great potential for waste-to-energy and biomass management, mainly regeneration of woody biomass resources, and the National Energy Policy places more emphasis on biofuel generation projects. Solar radiation also provides substantial potential for power generation, and increased government support for the national solar manufacturing sector will form part of national energy policy.

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