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Energy Commission holds Renewable Energy Challenge in Tamale


Chief Program Officer in charge of Bio-Energy at the Energy Commission, Julius Nkansah-Nyarko has revealed that the Energy Commission will collaborate with research institutions in the country to refine ideas and projects of entrepreneurs in the sector.
According to him, the Energy Commission is spending so much to harness talents that could come up with innovative ideas that would help the socio-economic development of the country through the use of the renewable energy technologies. The Commission he says believes that the future of the country rests on the young adults in the various schools as science, technology and ICT form the backbone of progressive countries.
Mr Nkansah said this at the second edition of the Energy Commission Senior High Schools’ Renewable Energy Challenge in Tamale. The Commission initiated the Senior High Schools’ Renewable Energy Challenge, SHSREC, in 2019, with the aim of fostering an interest in renewable energy in students of second cycle institutions.
The Energy Commission in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service, GES, seeks to provide education and awareness on renewable energy and energy efficiency among various Senior High schools and technical institutions in the country.
The challenge highlighted various renewable energy projects by SHS students and provided a platform for the exhibition of their innovative projects. The goal however is to promote creative thinking and to provide mentorship to young students.
Speaking to Zaa news, Mr Nkansah indicates the challenge is another unique programme that the Energy Commission has introduced into its flagship programme, the Ghana Renewable Energy Fair, and this was done to help achieve one of the responsibilities of the commission under The Renewable Energy Act, 2011, Act 832, which is to promote the efficient use of electricity and the development of renewable energy resources through public education, training and regulation of entrepreneurs in the sector.
He said schools that have their projects selected will be offered a platform to showcase their projects at the Annual Ghana Renewable Energy Fair where the most outstanding projects will be awarded prizes.
By: Lilian D. Walter/

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