Bui Power Authority is committed to the realization of ProREG – Kofi Dzamesi
The Chief Executive of Bui Power Authority (BPA), Samuel Kofi Dzamesi, has assured a delegation from Germany of the Authority’s commitment to achieving the Professional Education for Renewable Energy in Ghana (ProREG) project.
The project aims to help train engineering students from the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in renewable energy.
A funding proposal of about one million euros by BPA, in partnership with the two academic institutions, has been accepted by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
A training model is to be developed to guide the successful execution of the aims of the project.
Mr. Kofi Dzamesi reiterated BPA’s willingness to impart practical knowledge of the various generating plants (the Hydro and Solar plants) whilst also building capacity in the respective fields.
The BPA CEO urged the German delegation to provide the needed support by honoring their commitments to ensure the successful completion of the project.
He made the remarks during a courtesy call on him in Accra by the German delegation, made up of officials from the DAAD and the Technical University of Berlin.
The CEO earlier on November 29, 2022, signed the cooperation agreement with DAAD and the stakeholder institutions for joint technical coordination of the ProREG project.
The delegation, on their part, reaffirmed their commitment to the project and showed their gratitude for the good work and services being provided by BPA.
They had the opportunity to inspect BPA’s 30kW rooftop Solar as well as the 1kW wind turbine at the BPA Head Office in Accra.
The Authority also facilitated a visit to the Bui Generating Station, where the grateful delegation also inspected the hydro and solar generating plants at the Bui enclave.
They also visited UENR in Sunyani in the Bono Region and had a closed-door meeting with the institution’s governing council. They also inspected a one million euros Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Environmental Sustainability, a World Bank project.
Prof Osvaldo Romero Romero, a member of the delegation from the Berlin University of Applied Science, said the partnership is also a way to learn from the stakeholders in Ghana with a good chance to expand their cooperation.
The trained students from UENR and KNUST find their way to BPA, Volta River Authority, and other renewable energy-related institutions, hence the need to get them practical expertise, according to Wisdom Ahiataku-Togobo, the Renewable Energy Director at BPA.
“Our active involvement is also to support lecturers who teach these students to have practical and industrial exposure”, he explained.
Mr. Ahiataku-Togobo further said, “That is why my CEO, Samuel Kofi Dzamesi, has willingly made available our Bui Generation Station and our Tsatsadu Generation Station in the Volta Region so that students can have the opportunity to have hands-on experience in the various renewable energy plants in the Ghana”.
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