Solar plants for 10 public universities

The Ministry of Energy and Petroleum is supporting the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) to secure loan from the Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) for solar installation in 10 public Universities in the country.

It is also supporting the UENR to secure solar equipment and energy efficient air conditioners from the Chinese government to combat climate change.

Mr John Abu Jinapor, Deputy Minister of Energy and Petroleum, who disclosed this, said when approved part of the loan facility would be used for off-grid electrification in 100 communities in the country.

The Deputy Minister made this known when he presented 100 solar lanterns, eight 50Wp solar panels, batteries, charge controllers and four 300 wave inverters to the UENR at Fiapre, near Sunyani on Thursday.

Mr Jinapor was impressive about the infrastructural development at the university, and stressed government commitment to continue to support it to make the university a center of excellence in energy, and renewable energy in particular.

Professor Ewurama Esi Awuah, Vice Chancellor of the UENR, said the university urgently needed laboratory equipment and vehicles.

She expressed concern about poor road networks and lack of funds to complete some on-going projects and appealed to the government to support it. GNA

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