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Detail of GEF Project #333

GEF Project ID333
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameRenewable Energy-Based Electricity for Rural, Social and Economic Development in Ghana
Focal AreaClimate Change
Operational Program6
PDF-B Approval Date1995-11-02
Approval Date1996-10-01
CEO Endorsement Date1998-03-24
GEF Agency Approval Date1998-06-17
Project Completion Date2001-06-16
Project StatusProject Completion
Executing AgencyMinistry of Mines and Energy, Ghana
DescriptionGhana's electric power is operated by two parastatal utilities: the Volta River Authority (VRA) and the Electricity Corporation of Ghana (ECG). The VRA is responsible for power generation and transmission at 161 KVA and 225 KVA. The ECG is responsible for power distribution in the south; in the north, the Northern Electricity Department (NED), a subdivision of VRA, handles distribution. VRA and ECG report to the Ministry of Mines and Energy. The Government of Ghana is committed to extension of electricity services to every community of 500 people or more by the year 2000. The National Electrification Scheme (NES) is planned to proceed in six five-year phases over the period 1990-2020. The electrification of the several thousand unelectrified villages in the country has been assumed to be via grid extension with community participation under the Self-Help Electrification Programme (SHEP). This will be a challenging and financially difficult task.
Implementation StatusThere has been a lag in the installation of solar energy systems in the region targeted by the project. As a response, the government has promoted a new energy policy promoting the use of renewable energy in rural areas. This has expanded the scope of the project beyond the region initially targeted. The government has also committed to provide more funding to continue with project achievements. (op 13feb02)
PDF B Amount
59,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
2,472,000 USD
GEF Grant
2,531,000 USD
Cofinancing Total
600,000 USD
Project Cost
3,131,000 USD
GEF Project (CEO Endo.)
2,472,000 USD
Cofinancing Total (CEO Endo.)
600,000 USD
Project Cost (CEO Endo.)
3,131,000 USD
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