Solar plant planned for Ghana would be fourth-largest in the world

Ghana may soon be home to the largest solar power plant in Africa and the fourth-largest in the world, The Guardian reported. British renewable energy company Blue Energy plans to spend $400 million to develop a 155 megawatt solar photovoltaic plant in the northwest African nation. Construction on the project is expected to begin in 2013 and be fully operational by October 2015.

The solar farm would include about 630,000 photovoltaic modules, the article stated, and be able to generate electricity even during Ghana's more than 100 cloudy days each year.

Called the Nzema project, the solar farm would be able to generate enough electricity to power more than 100,000 homes, BBC reported. The plant would increase Ghana's generating capacity by six percent. The country plans to have 10 percent of its electricity coming from renewable sources by 2020, according to the Guardian. It currently has about 1 percent of electricity coming from renewable energy projects.

Other benefits of the project include an estimated 200 permanent jobs being created and about 500 during the construction of the solar farm, the article stated.

PennEnergy's research area offers details on the solar PV market.

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