Ghana is set to miss the target of universal access to electricity by 2020, Deputy Minister for Energy, Mohammed Amin Adam disclosed here on Tuesday.
Addressing the media during the ongoing four-day Ghana Universal Access and Mini-Grids Session organized by the World Bank Group, Adam welcomed the mini grids and standalone renewable solutions that had been developed to complement national grid extension and intensification.
“As at the end of 2018 national electricity access reached 84.32 percent with 93 percent urban and 71 percent rural coverage. Much as this may be a remarkable feat, I must admit that the goal of universal access by 2020 is fast eluding us,” the minister stated.
The minister explained that some of the places not yet connected to the national electricity grid were inaccessible since they were island communities that needed sub-marine cables to connect.
In 1989, Ghana set out a 30-year National Electrification Scheme (NES) program to achieve universal access to reliable electricity supply between 1990 and 2020.
The baseline at the time showed national electricity access of about 25 percent, with only five percent rural penetration.
“Ladies and gentlemen, we have therefore revised our target and developed new strategies to push the boundaries to achieve our overarching goal of universal access by 2025,” he added.
Organized by the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) the fifth Mini Grids Action Learning Event and Summit attracted participants from Ghana and other countries from Africa and across the world to share experiences on what it would take to accelerate the development of mini-grids.
The focus of the event was on how Ghana had been able to achieve 85 percent energy access in its residential sector and how it planned to reach universal access by 2020. Enditem