The top three schools from the 2021 Senior High Schools Renewable Energy Challenge, organised by the Energy Commission, will go on an all-expense paid trip to the Bui Generating Station of the Bui Power Authority.
The schools are Gyaama Pensan Senior High Technical School in the Ashanti Region, which emerged the overall winners, followed by Mfantsiman Girls Senior High School in second place and Navrongo Senior High School as third. Apart from the all-expense paid trip to Bui generation station in the Bono Region, the winning schools were presented with various prizes, including cash and science laboratory equipment.
“As promised at the beginning of the challenge, the top three schools emerging from this finale are assured of special packages including an all-expense paid trip to the Bui Generating Station of the Bui Power Authority.
As you may be aware, the Bui Power Authority manages the second largest hydro power plant with a capacity of 404MW on the Black Volta River. We will take you there to see how water and the sun are used to generate electricity,” Chief Executive Officer of Bui Power Authority, Samuel Kofi Dzamesi, said during the finals in Accra.
The Challenge, which was organised by the Energy Commission forms part of the Seventh Ghana Renewable Energy Fair on the theme, “Removing Barriers to Renewable Energy Development in Ghana”.
He added that the three schools will also have the opportunity to visit the 250Megawatt peak solar plant within the Bui enclave, as well as, a guided tour around the completed 50Megawatt peak solar farm, which is the first phase of the solar plant, the largest in Ghana so far.
Also, they will have the opportunity to tour the One Megawatt floating solar farm on the reservoir which is the first of its kind in the West African sub-region.
“We are confident that the bulk of the ideas for scaling up renewable energy deployment are hidden in some of you students seated here today. These ideas could be solutions that the country, and indeed the world, needs in the fight against climate change.
Therefore, we are supporting the Energy Commission to provide education and awareness on renewable energy and energy efficiency among the various Senior High Schools and Technical Institutions in the country,” he added.
He said the Authority’s mission is to support socio-economic development through the utilization of natural resources for energy generation in a safe, reliable, and cost-effective manner: “Our vision is to be the leader in the renewable energy industry in Ghana and the sub-region. Our ability to achieve this vision lies in the youth. It is for this reason that we are proud to partner with the Energy Commission for the 2021 Senior High School Renewable Energy Challenge so that together, we can uncover the renewable energy talents hidden in our future leaders.
We want to support women in science and technology, in light of this, we would like to congratulate all the participants, especially the female and to urge them not to shy away from the sciences, indeed they have proven to us that what men can do women can do better.”