The Regional Manager of RIFE International (West Africa), Kwaku Osei-Sarpong, has called on local firms especially those in the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) space to incorporate renewable energy into their energy sources to address their power needs.
He said renewable energy provided cleaner and environmentally friendly domestic electricity and also offered opportunities for the growth of local businesses.
Towards that, he said RIFE International was in the process of designing an innovative financing scheme that would allow small businesses, commercial firms and industries to utilize renewable and energy efficiency alternatives that were affordable, sustainable and environmentally friendly.
Speaking to the media after receiving award at the 34th West African Nobles Forum (WANF) Award in Accra, Mr Osei-Sarpong observed that the RIFE was spearheading the drive for clean energy in West Africa, with a focus on climate change mitigation, clean energy finance and sustainable infrastructure.
He said it will execute its intended plan while providing solar energy solutions to small and medium enterprises as well as commercial and industrial clients.
He expressed gratitude to the forum for the honour done to him and reiterated the company’s position of providing sustainable and affordable energy to businesses in Ghana and West Africa.
Mr Osei-Sarpong received the Business Excellence and Integrity Award for his tremendous achievements and contribution to Ghana’s renewable and energy efficiency sector.
The West African Nobles Forum is a non-governmental, non-religious and non-political organization that seeks to pull together and award prominent West Africans of noble minds and tremendous achievements who have performed nobly in their chosen area of endeavors through annual awards ceremony.
The event was attended by a group of eminent West Africans made up of public officials, legal luminaries, politicians, technocrats, as well as captains of industries who have upheld the virtues of integrity, honesty and accountability.
Aside Osei-Sarpong, other distinguished awardees this year included Kwasi Agyemang Busia-CEO of DVLA, Isaac Kofi Egyir- Director General of Ghana Prisons, Adeladie Araba Siaw Agyepong – Founder of America International School, Daniel Acheampong, Managing Director- VALCO, and Rashida Saani Nasamu -Chief Executive of I-ZAR Group.
Focus on RIFE
RIFE International is an energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable development company headquartered in the Washington DC Metro Area, United States.
The Regional Manager leads the company’s international operations with responsibility for its business in West Africa. He also oversees and supports the company’s ongoing expansion efforts into other emerging markets in Africa.
Kwaku has been very active in Ghana and other African countries in the renewable energy, energy efficiency, and e-mobility space, creating and leading opportunities ranging from job creation to assisting organizations in reducing energy consumption and costs, providing avenues for decarbonized electricity, and ultimately reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
He has led and played critical roles in the development, finance, implementation, and management of several impactful projects and initiatives in Ghana, parts of Africa and the United States.
He also has extensive experience in climate and clean energy financing, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) & Impact investing, impact fund management, as well as Public-Private Partnerships (PPP).