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Let’s invest in solar energy to save country from power crisis – Schmidt Carola

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By: Godfred Amaoful

An International Project Manager of the Partner Africa project of UmweltZentrum, Schmidt Carola, has called for more investment in solar energy to save the country from the recent power crisis. 

She said the abundance of solar energy requires skill training in solar panel installation. 

She made this known during an inaugural ceremony to highlight the benefits of solar energy and its installation to participants in Accra.

About 300 participants across the country, including students in vocational training, are targeted to be given this skill training.

The aim is to empower them with the technology for sustainable green energy.  

The skilled training is being offered by a non-profit development organisation, Sequa, in collaboration with partner agencies.

It is being piloted among three schools, including Accra Technical and Training Institute (ATTI).

Madam Carola added that solar energy training will go a long way towards improving the living standards of the participants. 

The skill training program is on the theme Collaborating with the private sector to promote employment and enhance working conditions in the electrical sector, with a spotlight on solar PV. 

The training will cover areas such as off-grid, on-grid, hybrid, and solar systems. 

Madam Schmidt Carola emphasised that, in the pursuit of economic empowerment and finding alternatives to overreliance on thermal and hydroelectric energy, there is the need for increased knowledge of solar energy and its installation. 

She said it will help solve the unstable power crisis being experienced in the country. 

Madam Carola indicated that industries and organisations are likely to benefit from solar energy when supported and enhanced on a larger scale. 

“If we can have this source of energy, which is there every day, we can help reduce the current power cuts with the help of solar installation.”

“It can help all of us, even the companies and industries,” she noted.

The Deputy Director of Partnership Resources and Mobilisation Unit of Ghana TVET Service, Adu Kojo, said participants will gain knowledge and skills that will contribute to reducing carbon emissions. He lauded the initiative and urged the participants to take the exercise seriously.
              
Participants expressed excitement about the initiative and were optimistic it would broaden their horizons in electrical engineering while improving their standard of living.

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