Greener Impact International to Distribute 500,000 Solar Lamps To Rural Communities in Ghana
In spite of Ghana’s Government policy to achieve universal access to electricity by the year 2020, grid access level remains low in rural communities, particularly those with dispersed populations. The Ministry of Mines and Energy in Ghana estimates that the grid electricity reaches only about 72% of the country’s population. The Energy Ministry also estimates that 35% of people who do not have access to the grid electricity live in the rural communities. In other words, it is estimated that more than 4,000 rural communities do not have access to the grid electricity.
Realizing the importance of energy access in the rural socioeconomic development, Greener Impact International in its project dubbed “Energy for All” hopes to distribute 500,000 solar lanterns to the remote rural communities without access to the national grid electricity in Ghana. This project is also intended to mitigate the impacts of climate change by replacing kerosene lanterns with a more sustainable source of lighting.
Recounting the benefits of the solar light at a stakeholders meeting in the Ga west municipality in Accra, the programs director of GII, Mr. Kassim Hussein explained that costing less than 6 weeks’ worth of kerosene the Project Light brings solar energy to those earning less than a dollar a day. The light provides 6 hours of safe, clean light that is 4 times brighter than a kerosene lamp. He also called for the support and partnership of philanthropists, NGOs, and stakeholders with similar objectives.