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I’ll reduce power cost by 50% with solar energy – Bawumia

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Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has pledged to reduce Ghana’s power costs by transitioning from fuel-based power to solar energy if he is elected president.

He believes that Ghana has the potential to harness solar energy for power generation.

During a conversation with the clergy in the Upper East region, he shared his vision of introducing about 2000 megawatts of solar power within his first four years in office.

He said this amount is approximately half of the country’s current power consumption and could potentially reduce power costs by at least 50%.

In addition to this, the Vice President expressed his desire for Ghana to start manufacturing solar panels and become a supplier for other parts of Africa.

“The next major objective for me is to bring down the cost of power, electricity. And how am I going to do it? I want to do it by shifting Ghana away from fuel-generated power to solar-generated power. I want us to move from fuel to solar.

“Solar is given to us by God for free. If we have to buy fuel we need foreign exchange and then we have to import. But solar we can harness it and generate power.”

“So I want us to bring 2000 megawatts in the first four years. That is about half our consumption in the first four years and we can reduce the cost of power by at least 50% if we move in this direction…I want Ghana to start manufacturing solar panels as well and then let us start supplying the rest of Africa with it,” he stated.

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