Ghana to build Africa’s first solar fuelled industrial park

Siemens Ghana and local business developer WestPark have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop Africa’s first solar powered industrial park.

Takoradi, Ghana’s third-biggest and fast-growing city, will be home to the new industrial park. A first of its kind across the continent, the park will be entirely powered by renewable energy. Siemens will develop a 250Kw microgrid to control the energy generation during the first phases of construction. For further efficiency and cost-effectiveness, the photovoltaic panels will be onsite, supported by a back-up battery storage system, thus limiting potential energy outflow.

A key component of the project is that the grid will be expandable as the site develops. The goal is to make sure clean energy can continuously be delivered in the same manner, as more buildings are added are the park capacity grows.

Sabine Dall’Omo, Siemens Southern and Eastern African Chief Executive Officer, says that the project fits the company’s growth goals in the Ghana and across the continent: “We are committed to economic growth across Africa, and doing so in a forward-thinking manner by implementing environmentally sustainable solutions that will help our partners and customers succeed in today’s environmentally-conscious global market,” she stated.