After a construction period of less than two weeks mp-tec, the German solar system integrator, completed the construction of the solar Educational Trail on the Accra Polytechnic campus. A total of five photovoltaic systems have been commissioned, i.e. two ground mounted systems, a solar back-up system, a solar pump, and a solar street light.
The installation which has been done under the guidance of mp-tec and was combined with practical training lessons for local staff of mp-tec Solar Ghana as well as Accra Polytechnic students. “We are showcasing quality installations. Therefore we are happy to expose our installations to the critical and knowledgeable eyes of today’s and tomorrow’s decision makers when it comes to PV solar”, stated Dr. Patrik Fischer, Chief Sales Officer at mp-tec, the now also Ghana based renowned solar system integrator.
The inauguration has been witnessed by representatives of the energy industry, politics, and the educational sector. The project which is also referred to by Solar Project West Africa has been supported by the dena Renewable Energy Solutions Programme. The importance of of know-how transfer and genuine German engineering was furthermore stressed by His Excellency Ruediger John, German Ambassador to Ghana.
In his speech Accra Polytechnic Rector Prof. Sylvester Achio emphasized the potential of public private partnerships. This was further underpinned by mp-tec’s Dr. Fischer, stating that with the fine engineers of Accra Polytechnic and the right technology PV solar will be playing a major role in the future energy mix of Ghana. He continued, “There is no other source of energy that is scalable, environmentally friendly and fast to deploy making it the perfect package for Ghana in both the residential and utility scale power projects.”
The solar education trail is part of the worldwide dena Renewable Energy Solutions Programme coordinated by Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena) – the German Energy Agency – and co-financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) within the initiative „renewables – Made in Germany“.