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Tekano Fellow Hugh Whalan shares insight on Ghana’s investment in solar power

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Hugh Whalan

In a CNN interview, Tekano Fellow, Hugh Whalan shared insight on Ghana’s investment in solar power and the availability of mobile money services which has helped off-grid rural societies.

While 80% of Ghana is powered up, the rural outlying areas do not have regular access to electricity. Government is aiming to electrify 90% of the country by 2020 having invested a substantial amount in the installation of solar mini grid systems across Ghana’s island communities where it’s almost impossible to extend the national power grid.

These solar systems have aided the electrification deficit in Ghana and presented a less costly option for energy supply. Off-grid solar financing company, PEG Africa’s CEO Whalan, said: “The idea is that they pay the same amount for the solar home system per day as they were paying for candles and batteries – so it’s a great option for them.”

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