The Renewable Energy (RE) Act (Act 832) was enacted in 2011 to provide for the development, management and utilisation of renewable energy sources for the production of heat and power in an efficient and environmentally sustainable manner.
The Act makes provision for the establishment of a Feed-in-tariff Scheme, Renewable Energy Purchase Obligation and Open Access to the Grid to stimulate massive investment in the renewable energy sector.
The Energy Commission as part of its mandate to create a platform for the collaboration between government, private sector and civil society for the promotion of renewable energy sources, technologies and innovation under the Renewable Energy Act, initiated the annual Ghana Renewable Energy Fair (Conference and Exhibition) in 2015 and has successfully organised
three Fairs to date. All the Fairs have been held in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and has enjoyed massive support from other sister Ministries and Agencies. These include; Ministry of Environment, Electricity Company of Ghana, Volta River Authority, Ghana Grid Company and Bui Power Authority.
The 1st Ghana Renewable Energy Fair was held from 3rd – 5th November, 2015 and it was co-located with the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce’s (AHK’s) West African Clean Energy and Environment (WACEE) International Conference and Exhibition in Accra. The Fair attracted about 1,900 visitors and 33 exhibitors. The theme for the Conference was Renewable Energy for Sustainable Development. The flagship programme of the 1st Fair was dubbed “Investment Forum” which involved top executives from government institutions, private developers, financial institutions and development partners to explore investment and financing opportunities in large scale rooftop solar and regulatory instruments to attract private sector investment. This event which was by special invitation only was hugely oversubscribed with senior business executives attending.
The 2nd Ghana Renewable Energy Fair was held from 9th – 11th August, 2016. It attracted over 2,000 visitors and with 58 companies exhibiting renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and products such as solar PV systems, improved cookstoves, clean cooking fuels, solar water heaters, LED products, etc. The theme was ‘Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency: Accelerating Energy Access and Security’. A session was organized for entrepreneurs and students from the Ghana Climate Innovation Centre based at Ashesi University to present their innovative ideas and developments in the renewable energy sector. A facility tour to a renewable energy Mini-Grid installation at Pediatorkope, an island community on the Volta River was organized for interested participants on the 3rd day of the Fair.
The 3rd Ghana Renewable Energy Fair was held from 10th-12th October, 2017 and it attracted over 2,360 persons with 41 companies exhibiting. The theme for the Fair was ‘Renewable Energy: An Engine for Distributed Wealth Creation’. A major highlight of the Fair was the outdooring of the Second Lady as the Ambassador for Clean Cooking in Ghana by the Global Alliance for Clean Cooking.
This year’s Fair which will be the 4th edition, will be held from 9th -11th October, 2018 on the theme “Renewable Energy: Exploiting Energy Resources at the District Level”. It will seek to build on the successes of the previous Fairs and continue to increase awareness on the benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and their potential contributions to the sustainable development of the Ghanaian renewable energy sector.