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Construction is due to begin once Financial Close is reached and the constrution companies are selected. This is expected to be in early 2020, when construction of the wind farm will start.
First generation from the wind farm is expected in late 2021, where electricity will be exported to the National Interconnected Electricity Grid which will help solve ‘dumsor’ and contribute to a sustainable supply of light. Electricity from the wind farm needs to first go to GRIDCo who distributes it and to the Electricity Company of Ghana who sells it to the customers. This will ensure a more reliable electricity supply that will benefit the whole of Ghana..
The project comprises of about 50 - 75 wind turbines.
One of the major steps in building a project of this scale is to organise the finance from international banks. Once this has been arranged, the main contractors to build the project will be appointed who will create employment opportunities for the local communities.
There will be a need to employ a wide range of workers from both unskilled and skilled backgrounds. Emphasis through the procurement of the work force will be placed on employing members of the local communities.
Compared to other energy generation technologies, wind power is in general one of the safest ways to produce electricity. No emissions are produced during operation and it is extremely unlikely that people are harmed through fires, collapse or other forms of turbine destruction. Wind turbines are highly reliable systems with very low failure rates of the components. Safety equipment such as lightning protection, fire suppression systems, electrical grounding etc. is installed in every wind turbine. Health and safety regulations are strictly followed at all times during construction and operation of the Wind Farm Ayitepa.
Yes, this is one of the main tasks we folllow-up in parallel. We will encourage and support the local farmers in strengthening their activities and grow crops and grass cattles between the turbines.