March 31, USAID and the Association of Ghana Solar Industries (AGSI)
held an industry breakfast meeting in Accra on Regulatory Issues and
Challenges Facing the Renewable Energy Industry in Ghana with the
Ministry of Energy (MoEn) and the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA). It
was sponsored by the Power Africa Transactions and Reforms Program.
The exchange with MoEn centered on the government’s policies on
renewable energy (RE) targets, urban rooftop solar, and isolated
mini-grids and how they has limited private sector investment in these
spaces. The GRA executives briefed AGSI’s members on the changes
that Ghana is introducing to harmonize its tax and customs regime with
the ECOWAS Common External Tariff, which is increasing the cost of
solar power to un-electrified communities.
Expected Result: Ghana is a leader in expanding electricity
service to its population, but to achieve universal access by 2030
as it committed to meet Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Seven it
will have to accelerate the deployment of off-grid solutions,
primarily enabled by solar power.