The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has commissioned Ghana’s first micro power generating station at Tsatsadu, Alavanyo, in the Hohoe constituency of the Volta Region, on Saturday, 21st November 2020.
The Tsatsadu project was initially designed as a 30kW stand-alone system, but it was redesigned and upgraded to a 45kW grid-connection system. It was undertaken solely by Ghanaians, and the construction of the power generating station does not have any adverse impact on the environment as the energy source is green, and it will have no carbon emissions.
The project was initiated in 2005 when the Ministry of Energy under the government of President John Agyekum Kufuor. The erstwhile President entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and International Network on Small Hydro Power of China (IN-SHP) to undertake studies geared towards the development of Small Hydro Power potentials in the country.
The President described the event as “a happy day for the people of Alavanyo and myself,” and said the station “provide power for rapid economic development in Alavanyo.”
The President also assured the Togbega of Alavanyo that the road leading up to the Tsatsadu Generating Station is “under active development, and will be done.”
The Minister of Energy, John-Peter Amew, was present at the ceremony. He said, “all of this means the time has come for Hohoe to undergo a change, and to come to come to sit on the back of the elephant.”