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MiDA and Energy Commission Inaugurate Sustainable Energy Service Centers

ByChad J. Johnson

Jul 27, 2022

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The Millennium Development Authority (MiDA), in collaboration with the Energy Commission, has inaugurated three Sustainable Energy Service Centers (SESCs) at three higher education institutions to help organizations adopt and implement cost-effective energy saving measures in their operations.

The centers were funded by the United States government through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) at a cost of $284,928.

The SESCs have facilities such as energy audit instruments, office and information technology equipment and three vehicles for the three centres.

Through the SESCs, the Energy Commission could build people’s capacity in auditing, ensuring that there is a core of qualified and certified professionals to help undertake market assessments and advise the government on appropriate policies to be adopted in the sector.

The beneficiary institutions are Accra Technical University, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and University of Energy and Natural Resources.

The management of the three institutions received the keys to the vehicles purchased to support the activities of the Centres.

During the handover ceremony at the Technical University of Accra on Tuesday, Mr. Martin Eson-Benjamin, Managing Director of MiDA, said that the establishment of SESCs is part of energy efficiency and demand side management ( EEDSM) of the Ghana Power Compact program. Project.

The centers, he said, were the first of their kind in the country and would train and certify professionals who would help organizations and homes adopt and implement cost-effective energy-saving measures in their operations. .

“We thank the Millennium Challenge Corporation for providing the funds to make this possible.

“I would also like to thank the Energy Commission for supporting MiDA to complete its pilot centers.”

The project supervising consultant, Development Environment Services Limited (DESL) and its partners, worked with MiDA, the Energy Commission and beneficiary institutions to design, equip and operationalize these centres.

The CEO of MiDA said that SESCs are among the innovative approaches to ensure the efficient use and conservation of energy, and have the potential to reach and serve entities across the country and the western sub-region. -African.

He said that the EEDSM project sought to fill all the gaps in the efficient use of electrical energy resources.

Therefore, MiDA found it necessary to support the openings of the Energy Commission to provide resources to some selected tertiary institutions and equip them with the two key requirements for carrying out energy audits, he added.

In this regard, beneficiary institutions have trained staff with relevant knowledge/skills; and access to equipment to undertake energy use measurements in businesses and homes, he explained.

Mr. Eson-Benjamin noted that staff at each center had received the required technical training in various aspects of energy management and auditing through three certification programs, namely the management professional Energy Auditing Professional (SEAP), and Energy Auditing Practicals (EAP).

He observed that energy was essential for poverty reduction and sustainable development as well as for economic growth and the fight against climate change.

“Adopting energy efficiency best practices will create energy savings at the consumer and national level, and deliver these climate change benefits through avoided emissions from the Climate Hazard Group (CHG) in the avoided electricity consumption”, underlined Mr. Eson-Benjamin.

“We have put in the energy market, three willing institutions that will work with the Energy Commission to put Ghana on the pedestal; with regard to the efficient use of energy.

“It is MiDA’s prayer that these centers will be well attended by all and that the institutions will soon become household names among our small, medium and large industries in Ghana. Successful collaboration with the Association of Ghana Industries will ensure that this goal is achieved,” he said.

Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minister of Energy, in an address read on his behalf, said the US government had been a strategic partner of Ghana in promoting efficient use of energy.

He said cost-effective use of energy would be a catalyst for industrial development and save up to 4,000 gigawatts of electricity annually.

The Minister believed that the three centers would soon become centers of excellence for energy efficiency and pledged the government’s commitment to rolling out policy frameworks to improve energy efficiency nationwide.

The beneficiary institutions, which were represented by Prof. Elvis Asare-Bediako, Vice Chancellor of University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani, Prof. Samuel Nii Odai, Vice Chancellor of Accra Technical University and Professor George Yaw Obeng, Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), took turns to thank MiDA, MCC and Energy Commission for supporting them with the centers and pledged to take good care of the equipment.

Source: GNA

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