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Sustainable energy project for Ga East Municipality

The Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic and Research (ISSER) has rolled out a four-year sustainable energy transmission project in the Ga East Municipality.

Dubbed, “Supporting sub-Saharan African Municipalities with Sustainable Energy Transmission” (SAMSET), the project seeks to improve the energy situation in the municipality. 

It is being executed in collaboration with the Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA).

SAMSET is an Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPRC) UK-funded project that seeks to develop a knowledge exchange framework for supporting local and national bodies involved in municipal energy planning in effective transition to sustainable energy. 

Its main objective is to promote the implementation of the municipality’s sustainable energy and climate resilience work.

The project, which has other collaborators in Uganda, South Africa and the United Kingdom, focuses on working with various municipalities in three African countries, in an effort to find sustainable energy solution to their growing populations. 

Dissemination workshop

At a day’s workshop in Accra, the Lead Project Researcher, Dr Simon Bawakyillenuo, said a survey was conducted in September last year on the energy demand, supply and efficiency dynamics on all sectors in the Ga East Municipality.

The sectors included household, industry, commercial, agriculture, transport and local government. 

He said the aim of the project was to help municipalities as they grew in terms of population, infrastructure and other areas to transform, especially in the aspect of energy. 

“As population grows and industries spring up, there is the need to look forward to find ways for sustainable energy solution,” he said. 

He was optimistic that the project would help generate ideas for transition with regard to energy conservation.

Key findings 

In a presentation by the Assistant Project Researcher, Mr Innocent Agbelie, he said there were samples on household, industry, commercial, transport and local government sectors. 

He said the team realised that the energy consumption in the municipality was 10.1 gigajoules. 

From the data gathered, he said, the transport sector was the major consumer of energy in the municipality, with only a few having the knowledge of renewable energy technology.

MCE’s response

The Municipal Chief Executive of the GEMA, Mr Kwao Sackey, noted that the partnership between ISSER and the GEMA was commendable.

He, however, expressed delight to be part of the SAMSET project, stressing that it would help in addressing the energy situation in the municipality.

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