Business News of 2014-07-13

50 electrical engineers trained in solar systems

Fifty electrical engineers and technicians from local institutions and organisations have been trained in the installation and maintenance of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.

A solar photovoltaic system is an arrangement of components designed to supply usable electric power for a variety of purposes, using the sun as the power source.

The two-day workshop reviewed the curriculum developed by the Ghana Technology University College (GTUC) with regard to the acquisition of skills and knowledge on the installation and maintenance of solar PV systems.

The seminar was organised by the Office of Research Services and Innovation of the GTUC, in collaboration with Trade Works Limited, a company that deals in the installation of solar PV systems in Ghana.

It was funded by the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) under the Skills Development Fund (SDF).

Need for skills training

Addressing participants at the opening ceremony in Accra, the Dean of the Graduate School of the GTUC, Dr Francis Agyenim Boateng, said there was the need for the training of engineers in the installation and maintenance of solar PV systems in Ghana.

He also said the acquisition of the relevant skills and knowledge would build the competence of the engineers, which would in turn, benefit service providers in the energy sector.

According to him, there was the need for Ghana to consider solar energy as an option to help increase the national power generation. While admitting that the adoption might face some challenges, Dr Boateng maintained that the country needed to start from somewhere to help resolve the energy challenge.

Production of solar panels in Ghana

He hinted that the GTUC was partnering Trade Works Limited to manufacture and produce solar large quantities of PVs in Ghana. Dr Boateng, who is also a solar energy expert, called for thorough research into the consumption of energy by Ghanaians, and stressed the need to adopt a more favourable option.