3 SHSs to compete in Renewable Energy Challenge finals

BY: Daniel Kenu
Contestants of the St. Mary’s SHS during the competition

Three senior high schools (SHSs) from the northern zone are billed to face-off with their counterparts from the south in the final of the second edition of the Renewable Energy Challenge slated for October, this year.

The contest also forms part of the 7th Ghana Renewable Energy fair scheduled for October, this year.

The schools are the Gyaama Pensan Senior High Technical School, the Acherensua Senior High School and the Navrongo Senior High School.

The contest showcases different innovative technologies produced locally by the schools.

The objective of the challenge is to develop research skills of SHS students to promote technological innovation in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Schools from the Ashanti, Ahafo, Bono, Bono East, Savannah, Upper East, Upper West and the North East regions participated in the competition.

It was organised by the Energy Commission and the Ghana Education service (GES) with support from the Bui Power Authority.

The Director of Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Climate change of the Energy Commission, Mr Kofi Agyarko, said one of the responsibilities of the commission was to promote the efficient use of electricity and renewable energy through public education, training and regulation of entrepreneurs in the sector.

Mr Agyarko said the challenge was also to instill in students, a passion for solving renewable energy, energy efficiency and climate change challenges through innovative research.

He said it would help develop students presentation skills and promote self-confidence and encourage hard work through public recognition and rewards.

The Director of the Bui Power Authority, Mr Wisdom Ahiataku-Togobo, said the authority was committed to helping to uncover the renewable energy talent hidden in the youth.

“We are confident that the bulk of ideas scaling up renewable energy deployment are hidden in you students that is why we are supporting the Energy Commission to unearth the God-hidden talents among some of you," he said.

The Director of Science Education Unit of the GES, Mrs Olivia Opare said the sector was developing talents in young people  including leadership skills, partnership, critical thinking, innovation, communication, collaboration and also promoting government's agenda in promoting digital literacy.

She told the students to take advantage of the opportunity because it will enhance their research skills and also add value to their lives.