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Bawumia pledges to reduce electricity costs and incorporate 2,000MW of solar power into energy mix

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The New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has vowed to add 2,000 MW of solar power to Ghana’s energy mix if elected President in the upcoming December 7 general elections.

He expressed confidence that this initiative would enhance the competitiveness of Ghanaian businesses.

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Presently, the high cost of electricity is largely influenced by fuel costs and forex rates.

During a meeting with clergy in the Volta region, Dr. Bawumia emphasized that adopting green energy would help mitigate these issues.

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“To reduce the cost of living, we must look at our power generation,” he noted, adding: “Ghana currently relies heavily on oil and gas to generate power, and their costs are quite high. So, anytime the prices increase in the Middle East, fuel, electricity, and transport prices also rise. Therefore, I want us to transition from oil and gas to solar power,” he stated.

“It is crucial for us in the generation of electricity,” Dr. Bawumia emphasized.

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He elaborated that, “My goal, which I have stated, is that in the next four years, Ghana should add 2,000 megawatts of solar power to our power generation. This amount is more than half of our current electricity consumption. Combining that with Akosombo, we could nearly halve the cost of power, which would give our businesses a significant competitive edge.”

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