Renewable Energy-Based Electricity for Rural, Social and Economic Development in Ghana

Project Summary

Ghana'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.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Development Programme
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Mines and Energy, Ghana
GEF Period:
GEF - 1
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
59,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
2,472,000 USD
Co-financing Total
600,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
Total Cost 3,131,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
Preparation Grant Approved
02 Nov 1995
Concept Approved
01 Oct 1996
Project Approved for Implementation
24 Mar 1998
Project closed
16 Jun 2001