GTUC LAUNCH SOLAR PV SYSTEMS INSTALLATION TRAINING
To demonstrate our commitment to research for social development and change, Ghana Techology University College(GTUC) has embarked on the development of a solar project.
The project which is funded by Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training(COTVET) through the Skills Development Fund(SDF), is expected to bring industry players in the energy sector together, develop curriculum material for training in Solar PV systems and train individuals in the area of building,maintaining, as well as the effective and efficient use of solar systems.
The current energy crisis of inadequate and unreliable energy supply coupled with high cost of tariffs for consumers in Ghana calls for a committed alternative source of affordable energy to support economic growth. Wind solar PV, hydro and bio fuel accounts for a negligible percentage of 0.1% of total energy supply and hence the need to develop that area.
Out of the options available, solar energy has proven to be the most promising alternative source of energy in the future. It is known to be non-polluting, clean and has minimal operational cost even though there are arguments about its initial cost which is comparatively higher.
Fortunately, Ghana benefits from enough sunlight to generate sustainable solar power for consumption. Ghana has a monthly average solar radiation that ranges between 4.4 and 5.6kwh/m/day across the country and an average duration of sunshine varies between 5.3 and 7.7 hours per day (Energy commission, 2009).
Ghana Technology University College has forged a partnership with Trade works Limited to develop the curriculum content for training and has subsequently trained a cohort of technical personnel on a pilot-test, using the curriculum developed from this project, in the field of solar energy systems.
Volta River Authority and Electricity Company of Ghana are partners of this project as well. Their role is to provide resources and participate in the pilot-test training sessions.
The project which is spearheaded by GTUC is expected to build capacity in solar systems to meet existing demand, and also drive widespread use of solar PV systems in Ghana as an efficient and effective alternative source of energy.
This we believe, will impact positively in the lives of urban dwellers due to the economic and social importance of energy and for rural folks who might not have enjoyed electricity because they are not connected to the national grid.
It is estimated that, the first batch of trainers will serve as agents of change to also train others in the area of Solar PV Systems. The expectation is that, the one year project will positively impact the lives of thousands of rural dwellers who have not been connected to the national grid yet and also provide a reliable source of power supply for those in the urban areas who are bedeviled with power outages.
Speaking at an interview, Mr. Emmanuel Arthur a participant thanked organizers for putting the programme together and said that “solar energy is a viable alternative and should be embraced by all” He called on stakeholders to fashion out policies that will support the energy sector in the area of solar energy.