Akufo-Addo opens Ghana’s first micro hydro-power station at Alavanyo [ARTICLE]

The commissioning of the project formed part of the president’s two-day campaign tour of the region.

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.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer described 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.”

He said 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.

President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo (BBC)

President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo (BBC)

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.

With the project having been undertaken solely by Ghanaians, President Akufo-Addo stated that the construction of the power generating station did not have any adverse impact on the environment, adding that, since its energy source is green, it will have no carbon emissions.

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