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Siemens partners WestPark to build first industrial park in Ghana

BY: Emmanuel Bruce

Siemens Ghana has signed a memorandum of understanding with WestPark Enterprises to develop an expandable microgrid solution for the fast-growing industrial and Business Park based in Takoradi.

The WestPark aims to eliminate many of the challenges faced by companies doing business in Sub-Sahara Africa, such as access to reliable power, water, broadband internet and transport.

The new industrial park is poised to accelerate the transformation of Takoradi – Ghana’s third-largest city.

To lay the foundations for reliable, competitive and efficient energy, WestPark has entered into a partnership with Siemens to develop a 250kW microgrid that controls the energy generation and throughput for the initial phase of buildings to be constructed at the park.

Siemens will design the microgrid so that the first phase of WestPark can be powered entirely by renewable energy and therefore provide a sustainable and cost-effective solution for tenants.

The microgrid will be powered by onsite photovoltaic panels. A back-up battery storage solution will be sourced as well. The grid can be expanded as more buildings are added with the aim to ensure that the parkremains powered by renewable energy.

The Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa, Sabine Dall'Omo, said the project was perfectly in line with its vision for future business in Ghana and other African countries.

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“As a company we are continuously looking for new responsible and efficient energy and infrastructure solutions, and our collaboration with WestPark is a good example of how we can support partners with similar goals,” he stated.

“We are committed to economic growth across Africa, and doing so in a forward-thinking manner by implementing environmentally sustainable solutions that will help our partners and customers succeed in today’s environmentally-conscious global market,” he added.