Local companies benefit from German Solar training

About 50 project developers and engineering services companies from the Ghanaian solar sector have benefitted from the first German Project Development training in Accra last week.

The week-long training, which ended last week was to equip the local businesses with knowledge on project development and operation of Solar Photovoltaic (PV) projects.

The training was organized by the GIZ Project Devlopment Programme (PDP) in collaboration with the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce (AHK Ghana) and the German based Photovoltaik Institute (PI) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the German Energy Solutions Initiative.

Mrs. Cathleen Seeger, Project Manager, PDP of GIZ, said the training covered key technical, commercial and legal aspects of renewable energy projects development to help Ghanaian companies operating in the sector.

She said the programme is aimed at supporting Ghanaian enterprises to develop high quality solar PV and storage projects in the area of embedded generation with commercial and industrial customers, “she said.

The training, Mrs. Seeger said provided the platform for technology and know-how transfer, as well as facilitating business partnerships between companies from German and Ghana.

The Programme Manager of the GIZ GmbH, Mr. Steffen Behrle, said the focus of this year’s training was not only technical but participants would be briefed on how to finance their investment in the energy sector.

“After participating in the first German Project Development training week, the participants will develop a successful embedded solar project, supply the type and quality of information and document that future potential investors are looking for and establish contacts with German companies to support projects development and future business opportunities,” he said.

AHK Ghana and the GIZ play significant roles in ensuring the bilateral trade between Germany and Ghana and take key interest in offering advice and supporting businesses in the country. Globally, the network cuts across 130 locations in 90 countries.