Green energy for climate protection in Ghana

Renewable energy and energy efficiency for climate protection in Ghana

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  • Commissioning Party

    German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

  • Country
  • Lead executing agency


  • Overall term

    2022 to 2024

  • Other Stakeholders

    ARGE INTEGRATION Umwelt & Energie

  • Products and expertise

    Climate, environment, management of natural resources

Workshop participants model energy efficiency measures in buildings using a computer program. Copyright: GIZ


Oil, coal and gas – more than two thirds of Ghana’s electricity is generated from fossil fuels. These are not only expensive but also environmentally damaging. Yet Ghana also has enormous potential for solar power. Solar electricity is cheaper and better for the climate. Low-cost green electricity would significantly ease the burden on the population and on industry and public stakeholders in this high-debt country. However, this currently only makes up around 1 per cent of the energy mix.

Ghana needs laws and regulations to build up a strong national industry in renewable energy and energy efficiency. These laws and regulations should allow investment and ensure planning security. The country also needs well-trained experts, for instance in solar technology.

Four people in protective clothing hold a solar panel and learn about how it works. Copyright: GIZ


Ghana’s electricity supply is cheaper, reliable and climate-friendly. The Ghanaian Government can better achieve its climate targets through the use of renewable energy and higher energy efficiency and can drive forward the development of the economy.


The project promotes renewable energy in Ghana by:

  • Supporting the Ghanaian Government in developing laws and regulations that enable the use of solar energy and promote investment in renewable energy
  • Working with state-owned energy suppliers to develop ways of generating a profit from managing and maintaining privately operated solar plants
  • Working with vocational schools, the private sector and the education ministry to improve education and training in solar technology and encouraging women to train in this area
Technical staff from electricity supply companies learn how to use power quality analysers in a training session. Copyright: GIZ

Last update: April 2023

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